Book ID: CBB276128546

Imperial creatures: humans and other animals in colonial Singapore, 1819-1942 (2019)


Barnard, Timothy P. (Author)

NUS Press

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 264
Language: English

The environmental turn in the humanities and social sciences has meant a new focus on the history of animals. This is one of the first books to look across species at animals in a colonial, urban society. If imperialism is a series of power relationships, it involves not only the subjugation of human communities but also animals. What was the relationship between these two processes in colonial Singapore? How did various interactions with animals enable changes in interactions between people, and the expression of power in human terms? The imposition of imperial power relationships was a process that was often complex and messy, and it led to the creation of new communities throughout the world, including the colonial port city of Singapore. Through a multidisciplinary consideration of fauna, this book weaves together a series of tales to document how animals were cherished, slaughtered, monitored and employed in a colonial society, to provide insight into how imperial rule was imposed on an island in Southeast Asia. Fauna and their histories of interacting with humans, thus, become useful tools for understanding our past, revealing the effects of establishing a colony on the biodiversity of a region, and the institutions that quickly transformed it. All animals, including humans, have been creatures of imperialism in Singapore. Their stories teach us lessons about the structures that upheld such a society and how it developed over time. (Publisher)

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Review Eric Strahorn (July 2021) Review of "Imperial creatures: humans and other animals in colonial Singapore, 1819-1942". Environmental History (pp. 594-596). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Sanders, Jeffrey C.
Soll, David
Benson, Etienne Samuel
Despret, Vinciane
Pearson, Susan J.
Melillo, Edward D.
History and Theory
Environment and History
Environmental History
Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies
Journal of American History
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Harvard University Press
Oxford University Press
NUS Press
Harvard University
Manchester University Press
University of Chicago Press
Human-animal relationships
Environmental history
Nature and its relationship to culture; human-nature relationships
Natural history
Darwin, Charles Robert
Foucault, Michel
Wallace, Alfred Russel
Gantt, W. Horsley
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
Early modern
20th century, late
16th century
United States
Great Britain
Malay; Malaysia
Seattle (Washington, U.S.)
Pennsylvania (U.S.)
Natural History Museum (London, England)

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