Green Imperialism: Colonial Expansion, Tropical Island Edens and the Origins of Environmentalism, 1600-1860

Green Imperialism: Colonial Expansion, Tropical Island Edens and the Origins of Environmentalism, 1600-1860

by Richard H. Grove
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521403855

ISBN-13: 9780521403856

Pub. Date: 04/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521403856
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Series:
Studies in Environment and History Series
Pages:
540
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.38(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Edens, islands and early empires16
2Indigenous knowledge and the significance of South-West India for Portuguese and Dutch constructions of tropical nature73
3The English and Dutch East India companies and the seventeenth-century environmental crisis in the colonies95
4Stephen Hales and some Newtonian antecedents of climatic environmentalism, 1700-1763153
5Protecting the climate of paradise: Pierre Poivre and the conservation of Mauritius under the ancien regime168
6Climate, conservation and Carib resistance: The British and the forests of the Eastern Caribbean, 1760-1800264
7The beginnings of global environmentalism: Professional science, oceanic islands and the East India Company, 1768-1838309
8Diagnosing crisis: The East India Company medical services and the emergence of state conservationism in India, 1760-1857380
Conclusion: The colonial state and the origins of western environmentalism474
Select bibliography487
Index527

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