The nature of Imperial trade: ecology and exchange in Europe’s empires

Tin mining Selangor Malay States The Queen’s Empire, Cassell 1897, Public Domain

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A Historical Association and University of Plymouth History department talk.

Discover the enormous ecological implications of growing European imperial power in the 19th and 20th century. In this talk Professor Corey Ross will discuss the complex changes of the colonial period, and the varying interests of colonisers and those affected.

The hunger for land and other resources opened vast extractive frontiers across the tropical world, encouraged by a trend to greater human control over the environment and a fuller mobilisation of resources for the sake of economic growth. But is that too simple a story?

Learn about the differing approaches to the environment and conservation, and the transformation of ecosystems in the colonial world. Join Corey as he shares the impact that technology, scientific thinking and processes of control had before, during and after some of the period’s most profound changes and developments took place.

Corey Ross is Professor of Modern History at the University of Birmingham. His primary research interests are in global environmental history and modern European social and cultural history, learn more in his book Ecology and Power in the Age of Empire (2017).

Date: Tuesday 19 October 2021
Time: 19:00 – 20:20
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