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The age of European high imperialism was characterized by the movement of plants and animals on a historically unprecedented scale. The human migrants who colonized territories around the world brought a variety of other species with them, from the crops and livestock they hoped to propagate, to the parasites, invasive plants, and pests they carried unawares, producing a host of unintended consequences that reshaped landscapes around the world. While the majority of histories about the dynamics of these transfers have concentrated on the British Empire, these nine case studies--focused on the Ottoman, French, Dutch, German, and British empires--seek to advance a historical analysis that is comparative, transnational, and interdisciplinary to understand the causes, consequences, and networks of biological exchange and ecological change resulting from imperialism.

Contributors: Brett M. Bennett, Semih Celik, Nicole Chalmer, Jodi Frawley, Ulrike Kirchberger, Carey McCormack, Idir Ouahes, Florian Wagner, Samuel Eleazar Wendt, Alexander van Wickeren, Stephanie Zehnle

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part I: The Nation State and the Unpredictability of Nature
  1. The Transformation of an Ecological Policy: Acclimatization of Cuban Tobacco Varieties and Public Scandalization in the French Empire, c. 1860–1880
  2. pp. 19-38
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  1. Securing Resources for the Industries of Wilhelmine Germany: Tropical Agriculture and Phytopathology in Cameroon and Togo, 1884–1914
  2. pp. 39-60
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  1. French Mandate Syria and Lebanon: Land, Ecological Interventions, and the “Modern” State
  2. pp. 61-82
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  1. Part II: Institutions and Professions
  1. Science, to Understand the Abundance of Plants and Trees: The First Ottoman Natural History Museum and Herbarium, 1836–1848
  2. pp. 85-102
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  1. Inventing Colonial Agronomy: Buitenzorg and the Transition from the Western to the Eastern Model of Colonial Agriculture, 1880s–1930s
  2. pp. 103-128
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  1. Discovery and Patriarchy: Professionalization of Botany and the Distancing of Women and “Others”
  2. pp. 129-148
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  1. Part III: Animal Agency
  1. Animal Skinners: A Transcolonial Network and the Formation of West African Zoology
  2. pp. 151-175
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  1. Adapting to Change in Australian Estuaries: Oysters in the Techno-Fix Cycles of Colonial Capitalism
  2. pp. 176-196
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  1. Brumbies (Equus ferus caballus) as Colonizers of the Esperance Mallee–Recherche Bioregion in Western Australia
  2. pp. 197-223
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  1. Epilogue: A Global History of Species Introduction and Invasion: Reconciling Historical and Ecological Paradigms
  2. pp. 224-246
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 247-248
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-266
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469655956
Related ISBN
9781469655925
MARC Record
OCLC
1140970065
Pages
278
Launched on MUSE
2020-03-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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