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Canine revolution: the social and environmental impact of the introduction of the dog to Tasmania


Boyce, James, Canine revolution: the social and environmental impact of the introduction of the dog to Tasmania, Environmental History, 11, (1) pp. 102-129. ISSN 1084-5453 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2006 American Society for Environmental History and the Forest History Society in association with Oxford University Press

DOI: doi:10.1093/envhis/11.1.102


Until 1803, the island of Tasmania was one of the rare places of human habitation where the dog was unknown. First introduced when British colonists established a penal settlement there, the dog not only completely transformed Aboriginal society but also greatly affected the emerging convict culture. The dog proved more important than guns for kangaroo hunting, allowing the Aboriginals (who soon possessed their own domesticates) to compete successfully with the Europeans in the hunting market. The hunting culture, in turn, greatly slowed down the process of agriculture development, giving rise to a colonial experience that was far different from the typical European pattern.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Tasmania, Van Diemenís Land, dog, canine, impact, social, environmental, Aboriginal society
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Boyce, James (Mr James Boyce)
ID Code:40082
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2015-06-23
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