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Red Coats and Wild BirdsHow Military Ornithologists and Migrant Birds Shaped Empire$
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Kirsten A. Greer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469649832

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469649832.001.0001

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Military Ornithology in Place

Military Ornithology in Place

Territoriality, Situated Knowledges, and Heterogeneities

(p.97) Chapter Six Military Ornithology in Place
Red Coats and Wild Birds

Kirsten A. Greer

University of North Carolina Press

The concluding chapter demonstrates how the accumulation of their avian collections and documentation served as an ideological force in imagining control over universal knowledge and, in turn, the British Empire and its territories, as officers studied birds as part of surveying, mapping, and surveillance. It analyzes how military ornithologists encountered different local cultures (with different attitudes toward hunting, birds, and field science) and different local natures (with different climates, avian populations, and environments), and how imperial knowledge was contingent on local networks and of different trajectories across the British Empire.

Keywords:   military, ornithology, networks, British Empire, birds, masculinity, British Mediterranean, transimperialism

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