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Gregory A. Barton

Research Fellow
Centre for Environmental History

The Australian National University

Rm 2113 Coombs Building
Phone: 6125 3055
Fax: 6125 3969
Email: gregorydotbartonatanudotedudotau  (gregorydotbartonatanudotedudotau)  

Biography and Interests

Gregory Barton received his Ph.D., from Northwestern University, in 1999.  He is an historian of British, empire and environmental history and currently serves as editor of the journal, Britain and the World, published by Edinburgh University Press, and as a book series editor for the Britain and the World book series published by Palgrave Macmillan, and editor of the World Forest History series, with ANU Press. He is a Fulbright Scholar (2001) and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Asiatic Society, and the Centre for Environmental History.

Current research projects

My current research explores the paradigms and problems that revolve around the extension of national power through development and environmental aid in Asia, Africa, and other parts of the globe. My next few projects outline a continuing interest in historical investigation that connects global governance, particularly as it regards development aid, to environmental policy and empire.

Selected Publications

American Environmentalism, edited with introduction and notes, San Diego, Greenhaven Press, 2001

Empire Forestry and the Origins of Environmentalism, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2002; Re-issued in paperback, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2007

Palmerston and the Empire of Trade, New York, Longman, 2011.

Peer Reviewed Articles and Chapters

‘Albert Howard and the Decolonization of Science: From the Raj to Organic Farming’ Science and Empire: Knowledge and Networks of Science in the British Empire 1850-1970, co-editors: Brett Bennett and Joseph Morgan Hodge. Forthcoming (Palgrave, 2011)

‘Monarchy and the World’, Britain and the World, Vol. IV, No. 1, September 2011, pp.1-8

Co-authored with  Brett M. Bennett, ‘A Case Study in the Environmental History of Gentlemanly Capitalism: The Battle Between Gentleman Teak Merchants and State Foresters in Burma and Siam, 1827-1901’,Festschrift for A.G. Hopkins, edited by Toyin Falola.  (Carolina University Press 2011)

Co-authored with Brett Bennett. ‘E.H.F. Swain’s Vision of a Forest Modernity,’ Intellectual History Review, Vol. 21 no. 2, June 2011

‘Environmentalism, Development and British Policy in the Middle East 1945-1965’, The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Vol.38, No.4, December 2010, pp.653-674

Co-authored with Brett M. Bennett, ‘There is a Pleasure in the Pathless Woods’: The Culture of Forestry in British India, British Scholar, Vol.III, Issue 2, September 2010, pp.219-234

‘The Appeal of Orientalism’, British Scholar: A Journal of Britain and the World, Vol. 111, No. 1, September 2010,: pp.1-4

Co-authored with Brett M. Bennett, ‘Forestry as Foreign Policy: Anglo-Siamese Relations and the Origins of Britain’s Informal Empire in the Teak Forests of Northern Siam 1883-1925’, Itinerario: The International Journal of the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction Vol.34, No.2, Summer 2010, pp.65-86

‘What is the British World?’, British Scholar: A Journal of Britain and the World, Vol. 11, No. 2, March 2010, pp.177-180.

‘Abolishing the East: The Dated Nature of Orientalism in the Definition and Ethical Analysis of the Hindu Faith’, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Vol.29, No.2, March 2009, pp.281-290

‘The Imperial Synthesis’, British Scholar, vol. 1, no. 2, 2009, pp.151-154

‘The Historian’s Task’, British Scholar, vol. II, no. 1, 2009, pp.1-4

Co-authored with Brett M. Bennet, ‘Environmental Conservation and Deforestation in India 1855-1947: A Reconsideration’, Itinerario: The International Journal of the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction, Vol.32, No.2, Fall, 2008, pp.83-104

‘Taking the British World Seriously’, British Scholar, vol. 1, no. 1, 2008, pp.1-4

‘Resisting Environmentalism: Empire Forestry and Its Critics’, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, vol.52, no.1, June 2006

‘Sir Albert Howard and the Forestry Roots of the Organic Farming Movement’, Agriculture History, vol. 75, no. 2 Spring, 2001, pp.168-187

‘Empire Forestry and the Origins of Environmentalism’, Journal of Historical Geography, vol.27, no.4, Cambridge University Press, October, 2001, pp.529-552

‘Conservation and the Construction of State Power in British India’, The Historian, vol. 62, no. 3, Spring, 2000, pp.557-573

‘Keepers of the Jungle: Environmental Management in British India, 1855-1900’, The Historian (East Lansing): a Journal of History, vol. 62, no. 3, 2000, pp.557-575.

‘Origins of American Environmentalism’, Environment and History, May, 2000, pp.187-203

‘The Enlightenment Foundations of World Environmentalism’, Comparative Civilizations Review, no.40, Spring, 1999, pp.7-30

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