Ecology, Climate and Empire: Colonialism and Global Environmental History, 1400-1940: Richard Grove

This collection of essays from a pioneering scholar in the field of environmental history vividly demonstrates that concerns about climate change are far from being a uniquely modern phenomenon. Grove traces the origins of present-day environmental debates about soil erosion, deforestation and climate change in the writings of early colonial administrators, doctors and missionaries. He traces what is known and what can be inferred concerning historic El Nino events centuries before the devastating 1997/98 instance. In an important and wide-ranging concluding essay he analyses the general significance of ‘marginal’ land and its ecology in the history of popular resistance movements.


Richard Grove has written another fascinating and stimulating book to complement his Green Imperialism. Its title, perhaps, fails to express the book’s relevance to all interested in land use, conservation and, especially, the management of forests and other commons. It draws on experience over the centuries from Europe, the West Indies, St. Helena, Mauritius, India, South Africa, Australia and New England….I thoroughly recommend the book to all interested and involved in managing ‘the commons’ in whatever part of the world they work. — Commonwealth Forestry Review 77[3], 1998

About the Author

Richard Grove is a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Australian National University, and a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. He is founder-editor of the international journal Environment and History. His books include Green Imperialism (1995) and Nature and the Orient (1997).

  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 237 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1874267189
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1874267188
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.15 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.25 x 1 x 9.5 inches

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