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

Green Imperialism

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

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Green Imperialism 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 environmentalist 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, and demonstrates both the importance of the oceanic island "Eden" as a vehicle for new conceptions of nature and the significance of colonial island environments in stimulating conservationist notions.

'Green Imperialism is a succinct yet richly nuanced study of the genealogy of European environmentalism ...'. Economic History Review

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
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 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
Select bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521403856
ISBN-10: 0521403855
Series: Studies in Environment and History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 10th April 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.99