Grove - Grove western anxieties about the possible...

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western anxieties about the possible connections between deforestation and climatic change emerged quite specifically in the colonial rather than the metropolitan European context. This essay intends to identify, briefly, some of the main milestones in the history of early western conservationist responses to the ecological effects of the colonial transformation of the landscape and to the destruction of tropical forests in particular (Grove 319) Indeed conserva- tionist ideas developed almost in tandem with the growth of the material demands of nascent capitalism, whether in its European form or in indigenous forms in, for instance, pre-colonial India, China, or Japan. The growth of market relations and urbanisation had, of course, long been associated with deforestation in Europe and the Middle East (Grove 323) The tropical island colonies were generally small and the consequences of deforestation, especially in terms of streamflow decline, could be quickly observed and thus acted upon. In this
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