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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.

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: colonial botany; India; Nathaniel Wallich; William Griffith; maps
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
ISSN: 02609541
Copyright Statement: Copyright The Society for the History of Natural History. Post-print on Institutional repository 12 months after publication. Publisher's version may be used.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.3366/E0260954108000144
Depositing User: Richard Axelby
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2009 11:05
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/7618

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