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Exploration, the environment and empire
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This chapter considers John MacKenzie's Studies in Imperialism series' impact on how people think about the relationship of exploration, empire and the environment. In his book The Empire of Nature, MacKenzie took up a topic that had been hiding in plain sight, the British landed elite's fondness for blood sports, which was an important part of their cultural portmanteau when they ventured abroad. The expansion of the British empire in the nineteenth century opened up the opportunity for big game hunters to shoot exotic animals in Africa, Asia and elsewhere across the globe. MacKenzie followed up his study of hunting and empire with an edited volume, Imperialism and the Natural World. The scholarship on exploration in its present permutations can be divided into three main thematic categories: exploration and metropolitan popular culture; exploration and the institutionalisation of scientific practice; and exploration and cross-cultural encounters.

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