Nature contained: environmental histories of Singapore.

Nature contained: environmental histories of Singapore. Timothy P. Barnard.

Singapore: NUS Press, 2014. Octavo, paperback, photographs.

This book takes an indepth look at how Singapore's environment and location in a zone of extraordinary biodiversity has influenced the economic, political, social and intellectual history of the island since the early 19th century. Grounding the story of Singapore within an understanding of its environment opens the way to an account of the past that is more than a story of trade, immigration and nation building. Each of the chapters in this volume focusing on topics ranging from tigers and plantations to trade in exotic animals and the greening of the city. Written by botanists, historians, anthropologists, and naturalists, this book examines how humans have interacted with and understood the natural environment on a small island in Southeast Asia over the past 200 years, and conversely how this environment has influenced humans.

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