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From Natural History to History of Nature: Redefining the Environmental History of India

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dc.contributor.author Sangwan, S.
dc.contributor.editor Roland, Waast
dc.contributor.editor Yvon, C.
dc.contributor.editor Bonneuil, C.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-01T20:10:46Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-01T20:10:46Z
dc.date.issued 1996 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5624
dc.description.abstract "The two observations, one from a metropolitan savant and the other from a colonial 'devotee' of nature confirm that ecological discourse at the centre and colonial periphery descended at a particular historical juncture. They also reiterates that the discourse had its roots in the broad domain of natural history. History of ecology (ecological ideas), as it stands now, is burdened with metropolitan bias with practically no discussion on its agenda in the colonial peripheries. One most concrete example being the (de)construction of natural history tradition on the Indian periphery. While a few consider it as simply a favourite 'mind-relaxing' exercise for men cut-off from home surroundings,o thers read as plain statistical surveys ('stampcollecting') without any reference even to the pressing demands of colonial state. A major shift came with professional historians joining the debate. Making 'colonialism' as the ultimate boundary of a scientific discourse on the periphery, the 'second wave' of scholarship links the data gathering exercise with the 'changing ideologies' of imperialism." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.publisher Editions de I'Orstom en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 20th Century Sciences: Beyond the Metropolis en_US
dc.subject ecology--history en_US
dc.title From Natural History to History of Nature: Redefining the Environmental History of India en_US
dc.type Book Chapter en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.subject.sector History en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 175-194 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpubloc Paris en_US

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