21H.968J | Spring 2010 | Graduate

Nature, Environment, and Empire

Course Description

This class examines the relationship between the study of natural history, both domestic and exotic, by Europeans and Americans, and exploration and exploitation of the natural world, focusing on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Learning Resource Types
Image Gallery
Written Assignments
Black and white photo of preserved gazelles, antelopes, giraffes, and other savannah fauna, crowded together behind a low railing in a vast gallery hall.
Colonial-era explorers sent home sketches and specimens of animals and plants from around the world, fostering academic enquiry and popular interest. (Photo by JanneM on Flickr.)