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 The essays collected in Cultivating the Colonies demonstrate how the relationship between colonial power and nature reveals the nature of power. Each essay explores how colonial governments translated ideas about the management of exotic nature 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 colonialism on nature, including its impact on animals, fisheries, farmlands, medical practices, and even the diets of indigenous people. 

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

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page / Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. xi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction: Getting Our Hands Dirty
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part 1: Perceiving the Colonial Environment
  2. p. 17
  1. 1. The Prospective Colonist and Strange Environments: Advice on Health and Prosperity
  2. pp. 19-46
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  1. 2. Carved Out of Nature: Identity and Environment in German Colonial Africa
  2. pp. 47-77
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  1. 3. The Science of Nature and the Nature of Science in the Spanish and American Philippines
  2. pp. 78-108
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  1. 4. Aerial Photography and Colonial Discourse on the Agricultural Crisis in Late-Colonial Indochina, 1930ā€“1945
  2. pp. 109-132
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  1. Part 2: Managing the Colonial Environment
  2. p. 133
  1. 5. Wetland Colonies: Louisiana, Guangzhou, Pondicherry, and Senegal
  2. pp. 135-163
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  1. 6. Colonization of the Russian North: A Frozen Frontier
  2. pp. 164-190
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  1. 7. Recasting Disease and Its Environment: Indigenous Medical Practitioners, the Plague, and Politics in Colonial India, 1898ā€“1910
  2. pp. 191-213
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  1. 8. Changing Times, Changing Palates: The Dietary Impacts of Basuto Adaptation to New Rulers, Crops, and Markets, 1830sā€“1966
  2. pp. 214-236
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  1. Part 3: The Legacy of Colonialism
  2. p. 237
  1. 9. State Rationality, Development, and the Making of State Territory: From Colonial Extraction to Postcolonial Conservation in Southern Mozambique
  2. pp. 239-274
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  1. 10. Ecological Communication at the Oxford Imperial Forestry Institute
  2. pp. 275-299
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  1. 11. Colonial Experts, Developmental and Environmental Doctrines, and the Legacies of Late British Colonialism
  2. pp. 300-326
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 327-330
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 331-337
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780896804791
Related ISBN
9780896802827
MARC Record
OCLC
754088087
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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