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

Spring 2005

The Testudo Abingdonii, Galapagos Islands.

The Testudo Abingdonii, Galapagos Islands. (Image courtesy of The Writings of Charles Darwin on the Web.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive reading list. This course also features archived syllabi from various semesters.

Course Description

This course is an exploration of the relationship between the study of natural history, both domestic and exotic, by Europeans and Americans, and concrete exploitation of the natural world, focusing on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
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Prof. Harriet Ritvo

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session