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Empire Forestry and the Origins of Environmentalism

Series: Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography Series Volume: 34

By: Gregory A Barton

192 pages, B/w photos

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Oct 2002 | #131548 | ISBN: 0521814170
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Beginning in India in 1855, the (British) empire forestry movement developed huge forest reservations into revenue-producing public trusts, which protected the ecosystems they encompassed. By 1900 they covered over 10% of the earth's land surface. A new class of imperial foresters came into existence, who perceived the dangers of deforestation and whose ecological vision was the precursor of modern environmentalism. This is the first global study of the movement and its legacy.

'The central thesis of this challenging book is that imperialism and environmentalism have a shared past that many scholars, especially those on the political left, wish to deny ! I have much sympathy with this brave ! deconstruction of the sources of practical environmentalism.' Philip Stott, History Today 'This book is well researched, easy to read, extremely good value and, for landscape historians interested in the interaction of human agency and environmental history it provides a succession of interesting case studies grounded in the landscape of the New Orleans river front.' Landscape History


List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. The great interference; 3. Empire forestry and British India; 4. Environmental innovation in British India; 5. Empire forestry and the colonies; 6. Empire forestry and American environmentalism; 7. From empire forestry to Commonwealth forestry; Bibliography; Index.

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Gregory A. Barton is Professor of British, Colonial and Environmental history at the University of Redlands, California.

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