Palace of Palms: Tropical Dreams and the Making of Kew

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    Kew’s Palm House offers a prism through which to view Victorian Britain’s imagined place in the world. In recreating the tropics, it declared technology’s triumph over nature. Its global collection suggested the extent of imperial power. Palms were thought to surpass all European vegetation, supplying every necessity of life and endless trading opportunities. This first study of the nineteenth-century fascination with palms provides the historical context for current debates on the modern dependence on palm oil. Combining cultural geography, literary and historical studies, the book’s interdisciplinary approach generates new understandings of Victorian views of science, nature and the non-European world.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherPicador Pan Macmillan
    ISBN (Electronic)9781529004861
    ISBN (Print)9781529004854, 9781529004885
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

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