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Cultivating the Colonies: Colonial States and their Environmental Legacies
edited by Christina Folke Ax, Niels Brimnes, Niklas Thode Jensen, Karen Oslund, Christina Folke Ax and Niklas Thode Jensen
Ohio University Press, 2011
Paper: 978-0-89680-282-7 | eISBN: 978-0-89680-479-1
Library of Congress Classification GF13.C85 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 363.7

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

The essays collected in Cultivating the Colonies demonstrate how the relationship between colonial power and nature revealsthe nature of power. Each essay explores how colonial governments translated ideas about the management of exoticnature and foreign people into practice, and how they literally “got their hands dirty” in the business of empire.

The eleven essays include studies of animal husbandry in the Philippines, farming in Indochina, and indigenous medicine in India. They are global in scope, ranging from the Russian North to Mozambique, examining the consequences of colonialismon nature, including its impact on animals, fisheries, farmlands, medical practices, and even the diets of indigenouspeople.

Cultivating the Colonies establishes beyond all possible doubt the importance of the environment as a locus for studyingthe power of the colonial state.


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