Chapter 3: Deconstructing understandings of nature
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Understandings of nature have largely been formed for specific purposes over specific times. This chapter situates our present understandings of nature in the context of relations that developed and spread particularly in relation to modern industrial capitalism. The chapter thus also introduces the role of England, as the cradle of industrialism, in spreading specific understandings of nature. However, the chapter also shows that similar conceptions have been found in urban and imperial development from the time of Ancient Rome, and that there exists a great variety of understandings of nature even among "Western" states.