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Calcutta botanic garden and the colonial re-ordering of the Indian environment

Axelby, Richard (2008) Calcutta botanic garden and the colonial re-ordering of the Indian environment. Archives of Natural History, 35 (1). pp. 150-163. ISSN 0260-9541

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Identification Number: 10.3366/E0260954108000144


This article examines three hand-painted colour maps that accompanied the annual report of the Calcutta Botanic Garden for 1846 to illustrate how the Garden’s layout, uses and functions had changed over the previous 30 years. The evolution of the Calcutta Botanic Garden in the first half of the nineteenth-century reflects a wider shift in attitudes regarding the relationship between science, empire and the natural world. On a more human level the maps result from, and illustrate, the development of a vicious personal feud between the two eminent colonial botanists charged with superintending the garden in the 1840s.

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Additional Information: © 2008 The Society for the History of Natural History
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2014 08:33
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2021 23:11

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