Environments of Empire: Networks and Agents of Ecological Change

Environments of Empire: Networks and Agents of Ecological Change

by Ulrike Kirchberger, Brett M. Bennett

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The age of European high imperialism was characterized by the movement of plants and animals on a historically unprecedented scale. The human migrants who colonized territories around the world brought a variety of other species with them, from the crops and livestock they hoped to propagate, to the parasites, invasive plants, and pests they carried unawares, producing a host of unintended consequences that reshaped landscapes around the world. While the majority of histories about the dynamics of these transfers have concentrated on the British Empire, these nine case studies--focused on the Ottoman, French, Dutch, German, and British empires--seek to advance a historical analysis that is comparative, transnational, and interdisciplinary to understand the causes, consequences, and networks of biological exchange and ecological change resulting from imperialism.

Contributors: Brett M. Bennett, Semih Celik, Nicole Chalmer, Jodi Frawley, Ulrike Kirchberger, Carey McCormack, Idir Ouahes, Florian Wagner, Samuel Eleazar Wendt, Alexander van Wickeren, Stephanie Zehnle

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ISBN-13: 9781469655949
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/14/2020
Series: Flows, Migrations, and Exchanges
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 278
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Ulrike Kirchberger is a research fellow at the University of Kassel in Germany.

Brett Bennett is associate professor of history at the University of Johannesburg and Western Sydney University.

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This collection provides tantalizing insights into all manner of imperial, trans-imperial, and transnational exchanges, and turns our attentions to the enormous riches of non-English language sources and scholarship.—Ruth Morgan, Monash University

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