Nature and empire : science and the colonial enterprise / edited by Roy MacLeod.

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Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2000.

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323 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.



Introduction / Roy MacLeod -- Iberian vision: science and empire in the framework of a universal monarchy, 1500-1800 / Juan Pimentel -- The colonial machine: French science and colonization in the Ancien Regime / James E. McClellan III and Francois Regourd -- Ordering the world for Europe: science as intelligence and information as seen from the northern periphery / Sverker Sorlin -- Science, technology and the Spanish colonial experience in the nineteenth century / Alberto Elena and Javier Ordonez.
Colonial world as a geological metaphor: stata(gems) of empire in victorian Canada / Suzanne Zeller -- Shaping of Latin American museums of natural history, 1850-1990 / Maria Margaret Lopes and Irina Podgorny -- Colonial encounters and the forging of new knowledge and national identities: Great Britain and India, 1760-1850 / Kapil Raj -- Acclimatizing the world: a history of the paradigmatic colonial science / Michael A. Osborne -- Enlightenment in an imperial context: local science in the late-eighteenth-century Hispanic world / Antonio LaFuente.
Enlightened mineralogists: mining knowledge in colonial Brazil, 1750-1825 / Silvia Figueiroa and Clarete Da Silva -- Racism and medical science in South Africa's Cape Colony in the mid- to late nineteenth century / Harriet Deacon -- Colonial world as mission and mandate: leprosy and empire, 1900-1940 / Michael Worboys -- Locality in the history of science: colonial science, technoscience, and indigenous knowledge / David Wade Chambers and Richard Gillespie -- Reconstructing India: disunity in the science and technology for development discourse, 1900-1947 / Deepak Kumar.
Science and state building in late colonial and postcolonial Africa, 1930-1970 / Christophe Bonneuil -- Bio-prospecting or bio-privacy: intellectual property rights and biodiversity in a colonial and postcolonial context / John Merson.

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Includes index and bibliographies.


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