Empire Forestry and the Origins of Environmentalism

By: Gregory Allen Barton

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What we now know of as environmentalism began with the establishment of the first empire forest in 1855 in British India, and during the second half of the nineteenth century, over ten per cent of the land surface of the earth became protected as a public trust. Sprawling forest reservations, many of them larger than modern nations, became revenue-producing forests that protected the whole ‘household of nature’, and Rudyard Kipling and Theodore Roosevelt were among those who celebrated a new class of government foresters as public heroes. Imperial foresters warned of impending catastrophe, desertification and global climate change if the reverse process of deforestation continued. The empire forestry movement spread through India, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and then the United States to other parts of the globe, and Gregory Barton’s pioneering study is amongst the first to look at the origins of environmentalism in global perspective. • The first global account of the origins of environmentalism, perhaps the most powerful political force in the world today • Shows imperial beginnings of the environmentalist impetus • Illustrated with numerous contemporary photographs Contents 1. Introduction; 2. The great interference; 3. Empire forestry and British India; 4. Environmental innovation in British India; 5. Empire forestry and the colonies; 6. Empire forestry and American environmentalism; 7. From Empire forestry to Commonwealth forestry; Bibliography; Index. Printed Pages: 208 with 24 half-tones.

Title: Empire Forestry and the Origins of Environmentalism

Author Name: Gregory Allen Barton

Categories: Environmentalism, India,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Cambridge University Press: 2002

ISBN: 0521814170

ISBN 13: 9780521814171

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 228 x 152 Mm

Seller ID: 029123

Keywords: Empire Forestry