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By J. Beattie

A brand new interpretation of imperialism and environmental switch, and the anxieties imperialism generated via environmental transformation and interplay with unknown landscapes. Tying jointly South Asia and Australasia, this booklet demonstrates how environmental anxieties resulted in expanding country source administration, conservation, and concrete reform.

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As the acclimatisation of European people to India was now no longer seen as possible, it placed added pressure on finding places suitable for permanent European settlement. As a result, comparisons of Australasian and Indian healthiness abounded, as did schemes encouraging Europeans from India to migrate to Australasia, thereby further entrenching the sinews between the regions. Expressing anxiety: Individuals and groups As a result in part of their education, certain individuals and groups advocated environmental anxieties, the impacts of which varied by time and place.

Gendered ideas about health also held that female bodies were particularly vulnerable to environmental change and offered a pertinent area of study for medical science (Chapter 2). Biography is a particularly useful way to explore environmental anxiety and its responses. Chapters 3 and 4 examine in greater detail the impact of education on the articulation of environmental anxieties by, respectively, Scottish- and German-trained scientists. 87 Origins of Environmental Anxieties 29 In articulating concerns about the aesthetic appearance of towns and the ugliness of deforestation, individuals like Alfred Sharpe derived their authority from their status as an artist.

30 The long-standing European recognition that health depended on the interaction of environments and people, climates and constitutions, led to large-scale investigation of newly encountered environments through medical topography as well as monitoring by settlers of any changes to their own bodies in response to environmental influences. Far from simply fearing the effects of India, Australian settlers also expressed considerable health anxiety about the impact of tropical Australia. How, then, could Europeans rule tropical climates, given these environmental constraints?

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