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'Home and colonial' wildlife literature around 1900

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The topic of this paper derives from earlier studies of popular science literature around 1900 and focuses on natural history literature devoted to wildlife in colonies of the British Empire, especially India. The ‘home and colonial’ theme refers to the emergence of a British population in the colony large enough to sustain serious interest in the local wildlife – wildlife that was an everyday experience for them but which would seem exotic and exciting to readers back in Britain. The paper looks at the relationship between material published in Britain and the growing body of works aimed at expatriate readers and increasingly published in India. It also looks at the emergence of societies such as the Bombay Natural History Society, and the links between them and the publication of descriptions of big game hunting in India.

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