Imperialism and the Natural World

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John MacDonald MacKenzie
Manchester University Press, 1990 - Science - 216 pages
Many experts recognize that juvenile literature acts as an excellent reflector of the dominant ideas of an age; the values and fantasies of adult authors are often dressed up in fictional garb for youthful consumption. This collection examines a portion of the mass-produced juvenile literature, from the mid-19th century until the 1950s, focusing on the cluster of ideas connected with Britain's role in the maintenance of order and the spread of civilization. Western science, medicine, geographical ideas, and environmental assumptions were all vital to the creation of the imperial world system. The contributors to this volume illustrate new approaches to the study of conservation, botany, geology, economic geography, state scientific endeavor, and entomological and medical research in relation to the imperial rule of both Britain and France. Distributed in the US and Canada by St. Martin's Press. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Contents

Colonial conservation ecological hegemony and popular
15
natural history
51
British imperial
67
Geographical reform and municipal imperialism in France
90
climatic anxieties
118
Pearsons publications
141
the state and the development
164
tsetse nagana and sleeping
187
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About the author (1990)

John MacKenzie is Emeritus Professor of Imperial History, Lancaster University and holds Honorary Professorships at Aberdeen, St Andrews and Stirling, as well as an Honorary Fellowship at Edinburgh.

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