Colonial Aesthetic Anxieties
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As the previous chapter demonstrated, anxieties about unhealthy environments impelled the transformation of many places in India and Australasia. Park making and tree planting, drainage and anti-pollution legislation attempted to ‘redeem’ unhealthy and fever-laden landscapes. Environmental transformation took place because settlers regarded the healthiness and productiveness of certain landscapes as both inter-related and normal. When settlers altered environments or when they encountered ones that did not conform to aesthetic preferences, anxieties arose, sometimes stimulating conservation and environmental modification to make places healthier and more aesthetically pleasing.
KeywordsAesthetic Preference Hill Station Environmental Transformation Cultural Authority Natural History Society
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