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Forestry as imperial careering: New Zealand as the end and edge of empire in the 1920s–1940s

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Forestry is interestingly situated within British imperial networks of the 19th and early 20th centuries whereby India was arguably the main node. Drawing on Lambert and Lester's concept of ‘imperial careering’ as a way of exploring imperial networks, this paper further extends its application to foresters as a group of middle‐level technical experts as well as carrying it into the 20th century when the British Empire was by some measures at its zenith. The forestry careers of Owen Jones and Hugh Corbin, principally in Australia and New Zealand, are used to illustrate the discussion which concludes with some more general observations about imperial careerists.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of People Environment and Planning, Massey University, PO Box 11-222, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Publication date: 2012-12-01

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