Origins of Environmental Anxieties

  • James Beattie
Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series


Behind Victorian confidence, even arrogance, in the power of science and technology to bring constant material improvement and to aid in conquering ever more parts of the globe, lurked complex and sometimes contradictory environmental anxieties. C. R. Markham’s statement captures the ambivalence surrounding development and its environmental impacts. Through their experience of industrialisation, Europeans brought to colonies concerns about both the pace and direction of urban, social and environmental change. Across Australasia and South Asia, the rapid transformation of unfamiliar environments also fed new kinds of anxiety, creating unintended problems that threatened agricultural improvement and human health. Problems demanded new solutions or the adaptation of existing scientific, bureaucratic models and policies to local colonial circumstances. These shared experiences of rapid environmental change propelled exchanges of anxiety and solutions between Australasia and India, Europe and North America, the nature and extent of which is the subject of this study.


Nineteenth Century Forest Conservation Environmental History Colonial State Settler Coloni 
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  • James Beattie
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  1. 1.University of WaikatoNew Zealand

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