The Tropics and the Traveling Gaze: India, Landscape, and Science, 1800-1856 (Culture, Place, and Nature)

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Through close examination of the correlation between tropicality and "otherness" and of science as a means of colonial appropriation, this volume offers a new interpretation of the history of colonial India and a critical contribution to the understanding of environmental history and the tropical world.

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A new interpretation of the history of colonial India and a critical contribution to the understanding of environmental history and the tropical world.

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"This is a book about land. It is about a land -- about India and how that vast and diverse region came to be known to, and conceptualized by, British and other European travelers and observers in the first half of the nineteenth century. But it is also a book about the land, about the ways in which India’s material environment became increasingly subject to the colonial understanding of landscape and nature, and to the scientific scrutiny of itinerant naturalists. . . . [It] is concerned with European responses to an unfamiliar landscape, about the land as an object of colonial fear and desire, utility and aesthetics. It seeks to show how India, in passing under British control, was evaluated in ways that combined scenic delight and practical opportunity with a harsher appraisal of India as a land of death and disease, of desolation and deficiency." -- from the Introduction

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