Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. Hard cover, 540 pages, octavo (23.4 x 16 cm). Contents, List of  b/w Illustrations, Acknowledgements, Introduction, 8 chapters, Conclusion, Selected Bibliography, Index. Illustrated dust jacket in dark green and black. Included at the rear of the volume is an article by the historian and then environmental lawyer at the ANU, Tim Bonyhady. Fine / fine. Item #554
The first book documenting the origins and early history of environmentalism, it concentrates on previously unexplained colonial and global aspects. In exploring the significance of Utopian, physiocratic and medical thinking, the book reveals the roles of professional scientists, especially in the Dutch, French and English maritime empires. The prime importance of the oceanic island ‘Eden’ as a vehicle for new conceptions of nature is emphasised, and the significance of colonial island environments in stimulating conservationist notions is underlined, revealing how, for the first time, the limitability of local and global resources was recognised.
Richard Grove, the author, a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, was a senior research fellow of the Australian National University and coordinator of the Global Environmental History Unit in the Department of History of Science, Cambridge University. Among his books and published articles is an environmental history of South Asia, Africa and the Pacific.