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Enlightenment's FrontierThe Scottish Highlands and the Origins of Environmentalism$
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Fredrik Albritton Jonsson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300162547

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300162547.001.0001

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Rival Ecologies of Global Commerce

Rival Ecologies of Global Commerce

(p.121) 5 Rival Ecologies of Global Commerce
Enlightenment's Frontier

Fredrik Albritton Jonsson

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses Adam Smith's views on environment and natural history, and particularly on agricultural improvement, which helped in the creation of a liberal ecology of global commerce. It is divided into four parts. The first discusses the rise of natural history as a global political and economic force in the eighteenth century, emphasizing the notion of natural history as a form of expertise peculiarly occupied with correcting perceived disruptions to the “economy of nature.” The second part ventures a new interpretation of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations as a decisive liberal perspective on the natural world, with Smith seeing a natural fit between markets and the environment. The third part brings together the two ecologies in a brief case study of famine relief in India, and the fourth brings these themes to bear directly on Smith's attitude toward the Highlands.

Keywords:   environment, natural history, Adam Smith, agricultural improvement, liberal ecology, Wealth of Nations

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