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Eco-cultural networks and the British empire : new views on environmental history

Author: James Beattie; Edward D Melillo; Emily O'Gorman
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
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"19th-century British imperial expansion dramatically shaped today's globalised world. Imperialism encouraged mass migrations of people, shifting flora, fauna and commodities around the world and led to a series of radical environmental changes never before experienced in history. Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire explores how these networks shaped ecosystems, cultures and societies throughout the British  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Eco-cultural networks and the British empire
(DLC) 2014021909
(OCoLC)868038037
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Beattie; Edward D Melillo; Emily O'Gorman
ISBN: 9781441108678 144110867X 9781441125941 1441125949
OCLC Number: 897379018
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; List of Figures; Acknowledgements; Author Biographies; Foreword; Part 1 Regional Eco-Cultural Networks; Chapter 1 Introduction: Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire, 1837-1945; Imperial size and complexity; New perspectives on empire; Defining eco-cultural networks; Eco-cultural commodity frontiers; Notes; Select bibliography; Chapter 2 Climate and Empire; Climatic determinism; Domesticating climate and deforestation; The economy of climate; Climate and scientific knowledges; Climate, health and tropical medicine as agents of empire? Conclusion and future trendsNotes; Select bibliography; Chapter 3 The Chinese State and Agriculture in an Age of Global Empires, 1880-19491; Pre-nineteenth-century China and agriculture; Foreign empires and experts in the late Qing; New institutions of the late Qing and Republic; Agricultural institutions after the revolution; Conclusion; Notes; Select bibliography; Chapter 4 Empire in a Cup: Imagining Colonial Geographies through British Tea Consumption1; The rise of a tea colony; Reorganizing Ceylon's landscapes of labour; Showcasing contented women in bucolic gardens. The malleable politics of teaImagining the British Empire; Notes; Select bibliography; Chapter 5 Africa, Europe and the Birds Between Them1; Hemispheric connections and local knowledge, 1500-1800; Avian geography and human geography, 1700s-1800s; Tracking birds from imperial Europe to colonial Africa; Europeans become authorities on birds in Africa; European humans and Palearctic avians in Africa, 1920s-1930s; African understandings of the avian link to Europe; Mapping networks and narratives on nature; Conclusion: Eco-cultural networks after Empire; Notes; Select bibliography. Part 2 Local Eco-Cultural NetworksChapter 6 Peradeniya and the Plantation Raj in Nineteenth-Century Ceylon; 'What though the spicy breezes blow soft o'er Ceylon's isle':2 The cinnamon economy; The Royal Botanical Garden at Peradeniya; King coffee ; Queen tea; The world the planters made; Conclusion; Notes; Select bibliography; Chapter 7 Eco-Cultural Networks in Southern China and Colonial New Zealand: Cantonese Market Gardening and Environmental Exchange, 1860s-1910s1; Historiography; Cantonese migration in New Zealand; Cantonese landscapes; Market gardening in colonial New Zealand. Water technologySettler/Cantonese gardening exchanges; Chinese commercial networks and exchanges; Networks of belief: fengshui, gods, ancestors and ghosts; Cantonese attitudes to New Zealand's landscapes; Conclusion; Notes; Select bibliography; Chapter 8 Colonial Hunting Cultures; The diversity of imperial hunting; Game laws, class and hunting; Local peoples and imperial exchanges; Imperial commodity demand: Fashion and the bird trade; Conclusion; Notes; Select bibliography; Chapter 9 Game of Empires: Hunting in Treaty-Port China, 1870-19401; Expatriate hunting and 'ornamentalism' in China.
Responsibility: edited by James Beattie, Edward Melillo, Emily O'Gorman.

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"19th-century British imperial expansion dramatically shaped today's globalised world. Imperialism encouraged mass migrations of people, shifting flora, fauna and commodities around the world and led to a series of radical environmental changes never before experienced in history. Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire explores how these networks shaped ecosystems, cultures and societies throughout the British Empire, and how they were themselves transformed by local and regional conditions.This multi-authored volume begins with a rigorous theoretical analysis of the categories of 'empire' and 'imperialism'. Its chapters, written by leading scholars in the field, draw methodologically from recent studies in environmental history, post-colonial theory, and the history of science. Together, these perspectives provide a comprehensive historical understanding of how the British Empire reshaped the globe during the 19th and 20th centuries. This book will be an important addition to the literature on British imperialism and global ecological change"--

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