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Comparing Apples, Oranges, and Cotton

Environmental Histories of the Global Plantation

Worldwide, plantations are key economic institutions of the modern era. From an environmental perspective, they are also the settings for some of the most powerful, consequential, and frequently destructive modes of production ever to have existed. This volume assembles essays on commodities as diverse as coffee, cotton, rubber, apples, oranges, and tobacco, to provide an overview of plantation systems from Latin America to New Zealand that exposes the many dimensions of environmental history incorporated in these robust institutions. The global history of plantation systems not only highlights the great institutional resilience of our modern monocultures, but also the price that humans and environments have paid for them.

272 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 3/8

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“This collection covers a diversity of plantation crops, plantation systems, global locations, and time periods. It nevertheless coheres around the themes of environmental history and environmental factors within plantation history, thus contributing both to plantation studies and environmental history. . . . The volume reinforces the tradition of scholarship that recognizes the plantation as one of the economic and institutional foundations of the modern world, but also adds a dimension of environmental history and context and supplies material for comparison and synthesis. . . . Recommended.”

R. Berleant-Schiller, University of Connecticut | Choice

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