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Red Coats and Wild Birds: How Military Ornithologists and Migrant Birds Shaped Empire

Kirsten A. Greer


During the nineteenth century, Britain maintained a complex network of garrisons to manage its global empire. While these bases helped the British project power and secure trade routes, they served more than just a strategic purpose. During their tours abroad, many British officers engaged in formal and informal scientific research. In this ambitious history of ornithology and empire, Red Coats and Wild Birds tracks British officers as they moved around the world, just as migratory birds traversed borders from season to season. The book examines the lives, writings, and collections of a number ... More

Keywords: military, empire, science, natural history, historical geography, environmental history, history of science, ornithology, zoogeography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469649832
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469649832.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kirsten A. Greer, author
Nipissing University