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Environments of Empire: Networks and Agents of Ecological Change

Ulrike Kirchberger and Brett M. Bennett


The age of European high imperialism was characterized by the movement of plants and animals on a historically unprecedented scale. The human migrants who colonized territories around the world brought a variety of other species with them, from the crops and livestock they hoped to propagate, to the parasites, invasive plants, and pests they carried unawares, producing a host of unintended consequences that reshaped landscapes around the world. While the majority of histories about the dynamics of these transfers have concentrated on the British Empire, these nine case studies--focused on the ... More

Keywords: ecological imperialism, non-human agency, transimperial science, transnational networks, invasive species, species mobility, species transfer

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469655932
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655932.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ulrike Kirchberger, editor
University of Kassel

Brett M. Bennett, editor
University of Johannesburg

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