Themes in Environmental History, 1.
Compiled by Sarah Johnson
Bio-invaders investigates the rhetoric and realities of exotic, introduced and ‘alien’ species. The book comprises a number of general essays, exploring and challenging common perceptions about such species, and a series of case studies of specific species in specific contexts. Its geographical coverage ranges from the United Kingdom to New Zealand by way of South Africa, India and Palestine; and the essays cover both historical and recent introductions.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Strangers in a Strange Land: The Problem of Exotic Species
Mark Woods and Paul Veatch Moriarty
Nativism and Nature: Rethinking Biological Invasion
Jonah H. Peretti
Exotic Species, Naturalisation, and Biological Nativism
Plant Transfers in Historical Perspective
William Beinart and Karen Middleton
Weeds, People and Contested Places
Re-writing the History of Australian Tropical Rainforests: ‘Alien Invasives’ or ‘Ancient Indigenes’?
Prehistory of Southern African Forestry: From Vegetable Garden to Tree Plantation
Kate B. Showers
Rhododendron ponticum in Britain and Ireland: Social, Economic and Ecological Factors in its Successful Invasion
Katharina Dehnen-Schmutz and Mark Williamson
Fighting With a Weed: Water Hyacinth and the State in Colonial Bengal, c. 1910-1947
‘An Enemy of the Rabbit’: The Social Context of Acclimatisation of an Immigrant Killer
Philippa K. Wells
Motives for Introducing Species: Palestine’s Carp as a Case Study
31 July 2010, Paperback, 280pp.
ISBN 978-1-874267-55-3. £15.00/$22.50/€18.50