343 pages, 54 b/w illus
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
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