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Green imperialism : colonial expansion, tropical island Edens, and the origins of environmentalism, 1600-1860

Author: Richard Grove
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Series: Studies in environment and history.
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"This is the first book to document the origins and early history of environmentalism, concentrating especially on its hitherto unexplained colonial and global aspects. It highlights the significance of Utopian, physiocratic and medical thinking in the history of environmental ideas. The book shows how the new critique of the colonial impact on the environment depended on the emergence of a coterie of professional  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Grove
ISBN: 0521565138 9780521565134 0521403855 9780521403856
OCLC Number: 28548987
Description: xiv, 540 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Edens, islands, and early empires --
Indigenous knowledge and the significance of south-west India for Portuguese and Dutch constructions of tropical nature --
The English and Dutch East India companies and the seventeenth-century environmental crisis in the colonies --
Stephen Hales and some Newtonian antecedents of climatic environmentalism, 1700-1763 --
Protecting the climate of paradise: Pierre Poivre and the conservation of Mauritius under the ancien regime --
Climate, conservation and Carib resistance: the British and the forests of the eastern Caribbean, 1760-1800 --
The beginnings of a global environmentalism: professional science, oceanic islands, and the East India Company, 1768-1838 --
Diagnosing crisis: the East India Company medical services and the emergence of state conservationism in India, 1760-1857 --
Conclusion: The colonial state and the origins of western environmentalism.
Series Title: Studies in environment and history.
Responsibility: Richard H. Grove.
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"This is the first book to document the origins and early history of environmentalism, concentrating especially on its hitherto unexplained colonial and global aspects. It highlights the significance of Utopian, physiocratic and medical thinking in the history of environmental ideas. The book shows how the new critique of the colonial impact on the environment depended on the emergence of a coterie of professional scientists, especially in the Dutch, French and English maritime empires. The prime importance of the oceanic island 'Eden' as a vehicle for new conceptions of nature is emphasized, and the significance of colonial island environments in stimulating conservationist notions is underlined, revealing how, for the first time, the limitability of local and global resources could be recognised."--Jacket.

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