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Colonial Botany: Science, Commerce and Politicas in the Early Modern World

Edited By: Londa Schiebinger and Claudia Swan

343 pages, 54 b/w illus

University of Pennsylvania Press

Paperback | Jul 2007 | #169106 | ISBN-13: 9780812220094
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Tracing the dynamic relationships among plants, peoples, states, and economies over the course of three centuries, this collection of scholarly essays offers a lively challenge to a historiography that has emphasized the rise of modern botany as a story of taxonomies and 'pure' systems of classification. This volume treats the development of the science of botany in its colonial context, and situates the early modern exploration of the plant world at the volatile nexus of science, commerce, and state politics.

Well illustrated and imaginatively written, this ... superb collection surveys the leading edge of current approaches but also points towards future research.-Renaissance Studies "This collection contributes importantly not only to scholarship on science and empire, but makes clear the diversity of colonial relationships and the myriad and complex ways in which scientific knowledge was made."-Renaissance Quarterly


INTRODUCTION -Londa Schiebinger and Claudia Swan I. COLONIAL GOVERNANCE AND BOTANICAL PRACTICES 1. Dominion, Demonstration, and Domination: Religious Doctrine, Territorial Politics, and French Plant Collection -Chandra Mukerji 2. Walnuts at Hudson Bay, Coral Reefs in Gotland: The Colonialism of Linnaean Botany -Staffan Muller-Wille 3. Mission Gardens: Natural History and Global Expansion, 1720-1820 -Michael T. Bravo 4. Gathering for the Republic: Botany in Early Republic America -Andrew J. Lewis II. TRANSLATING INDIGENOUS, CREOLE, AND EUROPEAN BOTANIES: LOCAL KNOWLEDGE(S), GLOBAL SCIENCE 5. Books, Bodies, and Fields: Sixteenth-Century Transatlantic Encounters with New World Materia Medica -Daniela Bleichmar 6. Global Economies and Local Knowledge in the East Indies: Jacobus Bontius Learns the Facts of Nature -Harold J. Cook 7. Prospecting for Drugs: European Naturalists in the West Indies -Londa Schiebinger 8. Linnaean Botany and Spanish Imperial Biopolitics -Antonio Lafuente and Nuria Valverde 9. How Derivative was Humboldt? Microcosmic Nature Narratives in Early Modern Spanish America and the (Other) Origins of Humboldt's Ecological 	Sensibilities -Jorge Canizares-Esguerra III. CASH CROPS: MAKING AND REMAKING NATURE 10. The Conquest of Spice and the Dutch Colonial Imaginary: Seen and Unseen in the Visual Culture of Trade -Julie Berger Hochstrasser 11. Of Nutmegs and Botanists: The Colonial Cultivation of Botanical Identity -E. C. Spary 12. Out of Africa: Colonial Rice History in the Black Atlantic -Judith Carney IV. TECHNOLOGIES OF ACCUMULATION 13. Collecting Naturalia in the Shadow of Early Modern Dutch Trade" -Claudia Swan 14. Accounting for the Natural World: Double-Entry Bookkeeping in the Field -Anke te Heesen 15. Surgeons, Fakirs, Merchants, and Craftspeople: Making L'Empereur's Jardin in Early Modern South Asia -Kapil Raj 16. Measurable Difference: Botany, Climate, and the Gardener's Thermometer in Eighteenth-Century France -Marie-Noelle Bourguet Notes List of Contributors Index Acknowledgments

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Londa Schiebinger is John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science and Barbara D. Finberg Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Stanford University. She is the author of The Mind Has No Sex? Women in the Origins of Modern Science; Has Feminism Changed Science?; Nature's Body: Gender in the Making of Modern Science; and Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World. Claudia Swan is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University and founding Director of the Program in the Study of Imagination. She is the author of The Clutius Botanical Watercolor: Plants and Flowers of the Renaissance and Art, Science, and Witchcraft in Early Modern Holland: Jacques de Gheyn II (1565-1629).

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