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Reassembling the strange : naturalists, missionaries, and the environment of nineteenth-century Madagascar

Author: Thomas J Anderson
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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[This book] examines how Westerners understood and processed Madagascar and its environment during the nineteenth century. Madagascar's unique ecosystem crafted its reputation as a strange place full of unusual species. Westerners, however, often minimized Madagascar's peculiar features to stress the commonality of its flora and fauna with the rest of the world. The attempt to understand the island through science  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Anderson, Thomas, 1978-
Reassembling the strange.
Lanham : Lexington Books, 2018
(DLC) 2018036478
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas J Anderson
ISBN: 9781498576055 1498576052
OCLC Number: 1047525347
Description: xi, 237 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Chapter 1. Introduction --
Environmental origins --
Malagasy origins --
Framework of the book --
Chapter 2. Seeking the strange --
The tropical Eden and a scientific turn --
Exploration and the Malagasy --
The man-eating tree and scientific discovery --
Finding the strange --
Legitimizing folklore --
Conclusion --
Chapter 3. Interpreting the strange: global scientific theories --
The case of the aepyornis --
Normalizing fauna --
From lemuria to biogeography --
Conclusion --
Chapter 4. The scientific community of the LMS --
Protestant missionaries as naturalists --
The Antananarivo annual and the scientific community --
A global and scientific audience --
Conclusion --
Chapter 5. Defining the Malagasy: language and race on Madagascar --
Language as a civilizing tool --
Differentiating the Malagasy --
Missionary experiences --
Spreading the racial word --
The slave trade and the Merina kingdom --
Conclusion --
Chapter 6. Redefining the environment --
The tropical becomes familiar --
Wresting control from the Malagasy --
Reshaping the environment --
A plantation once more --
Conclusion --
Chapter 7. A French colonial world --
Creating a colony --
The creation of forest reserves --
A new scientific Madagascar --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Thomas J. Anderson.

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