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dc.contributor.authorBeattie, James John
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-03T03:13:44Z
dc.date.available2010-05-03T03:13:44Z
dc.date.issued2008
dc.identifier.citationBeattie, J. (2008). Colonial geographies of settlement: Vegetation, towns, disease and well-being in Aotearoa/New Zealand, 1830s-1930s. Environment and History, 14, 573-610.en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/3839
dc.description.abstractA Fruitful new area of environmental history research can be undertaken on the relationship between plants and health in colonial societies. By using New Zealand as a case study, I demonstrate the strength of settler beliefs in the connections between existing environments, environmental transformation, and their own health. I attempt to reconnect the historiographies of medical and environmental history by arguing that urban settlements- as much as rural areas – were important sites for debates about environmental change and human health. I adopt a broad perspective in order to sketch out the contours of a new field, demonstrating the complicated connections between health, aesthetic appreciation, medicine and garden history. Furthermore, I argue that many environmental-health ideas associated with miasmic theories became incorporated into the microbial ‘revolution’ taking place from the late nineteenth century. Finally, I note that a close study of settler environmental-health ideas reveals a far more ambiguous- a far more anxious – history of European engagement with temperate colonies than the existing historiography on the topic posits. Rather than wholly confident and arrogant agent of environmental exploitation, it reveals that great anxieties about health existed side-by-side with confidence in the environmentally transformative potential of colonisation.en
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherThe White Horse Pressen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttp://www.erica.demon.co.uk/EH.htmlen
dc.subjectenvironmenten
dc.subjecthealthen
dc.subjectcolonisationen
dc.subjectNew Zealanden
dc.subjectmiasmaen
dc.subjecturban historyen
dc.titleColonial geographies of settlement: Vegetation, towns, disease and well-being in Aotearoa/New Zealand, 1830s-1930sen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.identifier.doi10.3197/096734008X368457en
dc.relation.isPartOfEnvironment and Historyen_NZ
pubs.begin-page583en_NZ
pubs.elements-id33359
pubs.end-page610en_NZ
pubs.issue4en_NZ
pubs.volume14en_NZ


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