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Modernizing NatureForestry and Imperial Eco-Development 1800-1950$
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S. Ravi Rajan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199277964

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277964.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
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Modernizing Nature
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S. RAVI RAJAN

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277964.003.0001

The emphasis in this study is forestry in the British Empire. This choice stems from the fact that British colonial forestry was arguably one of the most extensive imperial frameworks of scientific natural resource management anywhere, and continues to be a key locus of environmental conflicts across Asia and Africa. This introductory chapter sets the context for the argument to follow. It begins by critically discussing what is involved in focusing on science and technology in doing environmental history. It then locates the historiography of British colonial forestry within the context of this analysis, thereby laying the groundwork for the ensuing chapters.

Keywords:   British Empire, British forestry, colonial forestry, environmental history

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