The East India Company and the natural world

Damodaran, Vinita, Winterbottom, Anna and Lester, Alan, eds. (2014) The East India Company and the natural world. Palgrave Studies in World Environmental History . Palgrave Macmillan, London. ISBN 9781137427267

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Abstract

The East India Company and the Natural World is the first work to explore the deep and lasting impacts of the largest colonial trading company, the British East India Company, on the natural environment. The EIC both contributed to and recorded environmental change during the first era of globalization. From the small island of St Helena in the South Atlantic, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, and as far off as New Zealand, the Company presence profoundly altered the environment by introducing plants and animals, felling forests, and redirecting rivers. The threats of famine and disease encouraged experiments with agriculture and the recording of the virtues of medicinal plants. The EIC records of the weather, the soils, and the flora provide modern climate scientists with invaluable data. The contributors – drawn from a wide range of academic disciplines - use the lens of the Company to illuminate the relationship between colonial capital and the changing environment between 1600 and 1857.

Item Type: Edited Book
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World
D History General and Old World > DS History of Asia
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Depositing User: Alan Lester
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2014 15:23
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2014 15:23
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/47788
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