Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental History by James BeattieEco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental History by James Beattie

Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental History

EditorJames Beattie, Edward Melillo, Emily O'gorman

Paperback | June 30, 2016

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19th-century British imperial expansion dramatically shaped today's globalised world. Imperialism encouraged mass migrations of people, shifting flora, fauna and commodities around the world and led to a series of radical environmental changes never before experienced in history. Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire explores how these networks shaped ecosystems, cultures and societies throughout the British Empire and how they were themselves transformed by local and regional conditions. This multi-authored volume begins with a rigorous theoretical analysis of the categories of 'empire' and 'imperialism'. Its chapters, written by leading scholars in the field, draw methodologically from recent studies in environmental history, post-colonial theory and the history of science. Together, these perspectives provide a comprehensive historical understanding of how the British Empire reshaped the globe during the 19th and 20th centuries. This book will be an important addition to the literature on British imperialism and global ecological change.
James Beattie is Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. He is the author of Empire and Environmental Anxiety (2011) and a founding co-editor of the journal International Review of Environmental History. Edward Melillo is Assistant Professor at Amherst College, USA. He teaches courses on global environmental histor...
Title:Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:June 30, 2016Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword John M. MacKenzie Part I - Framing Imperial and Regional Networks of Nature 1. Eco-Cultural Networks in the British Empire, 1860-1940 James Beattie (University of Waikato, New Zealand), Edward Melillo (Amherst College, USA), Emily O'Gorman (Macquarie University, Australia) 2. Climate, Empire and Environment Georgina Endfield (University of Nottingham, England) and Sam Randalls (University College, London, England) 3. The Chinese State and Agriculture in an Age of Global Empires, 1880-1949 Joseph Lawson (Newcastle University, England) 4. Empire in a Cup: Imagining Colonial Geographies Through British Tea Consumption Edward Melillo 5. Africa, Europe and the Birds Between Them Nancy Jacobs (Brown University, USA) Part II - Local Cultural Networks of Exchange 6. Peradeniya and the plantation economy in Ceylon Eugenia Herbert (Mount Holyoke College, USA) 7. Eco-cultural networks in southern China and colonial New Zealand, 1860s-1910s James Beattie 8. Colonial Cultures of Hunting Kate Hunter (Victoria University, New Zealand) 9. Game of Empires: Hunting in Treaty-Port China Robert Peckham (University of Hong Kong) 10. Experiments, Local Environments, and Networks in Rice farming in South-Eastern Australia, 1900-1945 Emily O'Gorman 11. Animals and Urban Environments: Managing Domestic Animals in Nineteenth-Century Winnipeg Sean Kheraj (York University, Canada) 13. Reflections and New Research Directions Bibliography Index

Editorial Reviews

This new collection of essays ... demonstrates the rewards of examining environments through the lens of empire, and vice versa. It also confirms the benefits of transcending the boundaries of particular colonies or metropole-colony relations.