21H.968J / STS.415J Nature, Environment, and Empire

As taught in: Spring 2010

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.)




Prof. Harriet Ritvo

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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.