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Nature Contained: Environmental Histories of Singapore (Paperback)
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Nature Contained: Environmental Histories of Singapore (Paperback)

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Paperback 360 Pages / Published: 30/10/2014
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How has Singapore's environment and location in a zone of extraordinary biodiversity influenced the economic, political, social and intellectual history of the island since the early 19th century? What are the antecedents to Singapore's image of itself as a City in a Garden? Grounding the story of Singapore within an understanding of its environment opens the way to an account of the past that is more than a story of trade, immigration and nation building. Each of the chapters in this volume focusing on topics ranging from tigers and plantations to trade in exotic animals and the greening of the city, and written by botanists, historians, anthropologists, and naturalists examines how humans have interacted with and understood the natural environment on a small island in Southeast Asia over the past 200 years, and conversely how this environment has influenced humans. Between the chapters are traveller's accounts and primary documents that provide eyewitness descriptions of the events examined in the text. In this regard, Nature Contained: Environmental Histories of Singapore provides new insights into the Singaporean past, and reflects much of the diversity, and dynamism, of environmental history globally.

Publisher: NUS Press
ISBN: 9789971697907
Number of pages: 360
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 18 mm


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"The nine chapters of this useful volume are interspersed with primary readings relevant to each chapter. . . .Furthermore, the diversity of authors, with school teachers and activists writing alongside distinguished academics, has resulted in reader-friendly and accessible chapters that, between them, relay an important and powerful message to modern Singaporeans and anyone interested in the history of the city state. This is a different 'Singapore Story', a longterm survey of how the island's sensitive environment has undergone radical change in the name of economic development and success. . . . This is an important and compelling story that has to be told."
--Journal of Historical Geography

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