Ecology and Power in the Age of Empire: Europe and the Transformation of the Tropical World by Corey RossEcology and Power in the Age of Empire: Europe and the Transformation of the Tropical World by Corey Ross

Ecology and Power in the Age of Empire: Europe and the Transformation of the Tropical World

byCorey Ross

Hardcover | May 6, 2017

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Ecology and Power in the Age of Empire provides the first wide-ranging environmental history of the heyday of European imperialism, from the late nineteenth century to the end of the colonial era. It focuses on the ecological dimensions of the explosive growth of tropical commodity production,global trade, and modern resource management - transformations that still visibly shape our world today - and how they were related to broader social, cultural, and political developments in Europe's colonies. Covering the overseas empires of all the major European powers, Corey Ross argues that tropical environments were not merely a stage on which conquest and subjugation took place, but were an essential part of the colonial project, profoundly shaping the imperial enterprise even as they were shapedby it. The story he tells is not only about the complexities of human experience, but also about people's relationship with the ecosystems in which they were themselves embedded: the soil, water, plants, and animals that were likewise a part of Europe's empire. Although it shows that imperialconquest rarely represented a sudden bout of ecological devastation, it nonetheless demonstrates that modern imperialism marked a decisive and largely negative milestone for the natural environment. By relating the expansion of modern empire, global trade, and mass consumption to the momentousecological shifts that they entailed, this book provides a historical perspective on the vital nexus of social, political, and environmental issues that we face in the twenty-first-century world.
Corey Ross is Professor of Modern History at the University of Birmingham and the author of several books on the history of mass media and popular culture, heritage and ancestral pasts, and everyday life under state socialism, with a particular focus on Germany. Since arriving at Birmingham in 1998, he has held an Alexander von Humbold...
Title:Ecology and Power in the Age of Empire: Europe and the Transformation of the Tropical WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0 inPublished:May 6, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199590419

ISBN - 13:9780199590414

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Ecology, Power, and ImperialismPART I: A World of Goods: The Ecology of Colonial Extraction1. The Ecology of Cotton: Environment, Labour, and Empire2. Bittersweet Harvest: The Colonial Cocoa Boom and the Tropical Forest Frontier3. Colonialism, Rubber, and the Rainforest4. Subterranean Frontier: Tin Mining, Empire, and Environment in Southeast Asia5. Peripheral Centres: Copper Mining and Colonized Environments in Central Africa6. Oil, Empire, and EnvironmentPART II: Conservation, Improvement, and Environmental Management in the Colonies7. Tropical Nature in Trust: The Politics of Colonial Conservation8. Forests, Ecology, and Power in the Tropical Colonies9. Cultivating the Colonies: Agriculture, Development, and EnvironmentPART III: Acceleration, Decline, and Aftermath10. Progress and Hubris: The Political Ecology of Late Colonial Development11. Beyond Colonialism: Tropical Environments and the Legacies of EmpireConclusion