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Modernizing nature : forestry and imperial eco-development, 1800-1950.

Author: S Ravi Rajan
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Oxford, 2006.
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Professor Rajan explores the origins, institutionalization, and politics of the sciences and systems of knowledge underlying colonial frameworks of environmental management. He disagrees with those historiographical and social scientific approaches that look upon science and scientific institutions instrumentally as 'tools of empire'. Rather, he argues that the 'colonial' sciences had cognitive, ideological, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: S Ravi Rajan
ISBN: 0191515469 9780191515460
OCLC Number: 191924138
Description: 1 online resource (pages)
Contents: List of Figures and Tables; 1. Introduction; 2. A Contract with Nature; 3. The Empire of Nature; 4. The Empire Strikes Back; 5. The Imperial Environmentalist; 6. The Contested Legacy; Appendix 1: Syllabus and Coursework at Nancy; Appendix 2: Brief Profiles of Some Colonial Scientist-Conservationists in India in the Period 1800-1850; Appendix 3: A List of Participants at the Empire Forestry Conferences; Bibliography; Index.

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Professor Rajan explores the origins, institutionalization, and politics of the sciences and systems of knowledge underlying colonial frameworks of environmental management. He disagrees with those historiographical and social scientific approaches that look upon science and scientific institutions instrumentally as 'tools of empire'. Rather, he argues that the 'colonial' sciences had cognitive, ideological, and interventionist traditions distinct from each other and from the. colonial bureaucracy and that histories of science, environmental management, and indeed of the colonial state, must c.

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