Reply To: 1. Mon 3 Feb: Course intro & India and the Environmental History of Imperialism

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karin_sillen@hotmail.com # Posted on February 5, 2014 at 16:22

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You cover the general parts about environmental history in the beginning of your reflection. I find it interesting that you include different environmental historians and perspectives; it gives a wider knowledge and understanding of the field. It´s good to reflect on Cedelöf´s book with other perspectives in mind to broaden the environmental discussion.

You cover the imperial expansion in both Cederlöf´s book and Worster & Crosby. The discussion about “duty” is interesting for our field. The imperial expansion covers travel routes with one aim; to find new land and new resources. The imperial reflection in regards of nature is very much relevant. Especially in regards of exploiting nature to gain capital and power. When reflecting on Cederlöf´s book, I think you make a good job in relating to Worster & Crosby. Especially when considering the discussion in terms of ecological imperialism. I also find the term “capitalist ecological revolution” interesting, that is something I will look into more.

In the end you summarize the climate cycle with it´s “harsh environmental condition”. It reflects on both the indigenous and the empire. Nature goes it´s on way. I think you have made a good reflection and an overall view of Gunnels book with relevant inputs from yourself and other sources.