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Colonialism, Development, and the Environment

Railways and Deforestation in British India, 1860–1884

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Pallavi V. Das
    Pages 1-15
  3. Pallavi V. Das
    Pages 17-47
  4. Pallavi V. Das
    Pages 71-92
  5. Pallavi V. Das
    Pages 117-124
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 125-189

About this book


This study explores the confluence of economy and ecology in British India, showing that Britain initiated economic development strategies in India in order to efficiently extract resources from it. It looks specifically at how state railway construction and forest conservation efforts took on a cyclical, almost symbiotic relationship.


Colonialism environment economic development railways forests deforestation Scottish colonial scientists India environmental history South Asian history Asian history bibliography British India colonialism

About the authors

Pallavi V. Das is an Associate Professor of History at Lakehead University, Canada. Her research interests include global environmental history, environment and development in colonial and post-colonial India, and people's history of climate change. She has published articles in Environment and History and Modern Asian Studies and other journals.

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