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The Routledge Handbook of Science and Empire

Edited By

Andrew Goss

ISBN 9780367221256
Published July 6, 2021 by Routledge
338 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Science and Empire introduces readers to important new research in the field of science and empire. This compilation of inquiry into the inextricably intertwined history of science and empire reframes the field, showing that one could not have grown without the other.

The volume expands the history of science through careful attention to connections, exchanges, and networks beyond the scientific institutions of Europe and the United States. These 27 original essays by established scholars and new talent examine: scientific and imperial disciplines, networks of science, scientific practice within empires, and decolonised science. The chapters cover a wide range of disciplines, from anthropology and psychiatry to biology and geology. There is global coverage, with essays about China, Southeast Asia, the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, India, the Middle East, Russia, the Arctic, and North and South America. Specialised essays cover Jesuit science, natural history collecting, energy systems, and science in UNESCO.

With authoritative chapters by leading scholars, this is a guiding resource for all scholars of empire and science. Free of jargon and with clearly written essays, the handbook is a valuable path to further inquiry for any student of the history of science and empire.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: an imperial turn in the history of science
Andrew Goss

2. Situating the empire in history of science
Pratik Chakrabarti

3. Cartography and empire from early modernity to postmodernity
Thomas Simpson

4. Racial science
James Poskett

5. Meteorology and empire
Martin Mahony

6. Colonial psychiatry
Matthew M. Heaton

7. Anthropology and empire
Fenneke Sysling

8. Natural history collections and empire
Andreas Weber

9. Non-Western collectors and their contributions to natural history, c. 1750–1940
Jennifer R. Morris

10. Energy and empire
Nathan Kapoor

11. Science, empire, and the old Society of Jesus, 1540–1773
Maria Pia Donato and Sabina Pavone

12. Networks of knowledge in the Indo-Pacific, 1600–1800
Dorit Brixius

13. Between transimperial networking and national antagonism: German scientists in the British Empire during the long nineteenth century
Ulrike Kirchberger

14. Iberian science, Portuguese Empire, and cultures of inquiry in early-modern Europe
Hugh Cagle

15. The dynamic trajectory of French colonialism and science
Michael A. Osborne

16. Another empire: science in the Ottoman lands

Daniel A. Stolz

17. The planting of "colonial" science in Russian soil
Anna Kuxhausen

18. Scientific knowledge in the Qing Empire: engaging with the world, 1644–1911
James Flowers

19. Empire, cultivation, and the environment in Southeast Asia since 1500
Timothy P. Barnard

20. Science and its publics in British India
Charu Singh

21. From history of science to history of knowledge?: themes and perspectives in colonial Australasia
James Beattie and Ruth A. Morgan

22. Empires and science: the case of the sixteenth-century Iberian Empire
Antonio Barrera-Osorio

23. Science in early North America
Cameron B. Strang

24. Science, the United States, and Latin America
Megan Raby

25. Arctic science
Nanna Katrine Lüders Kaalund

26. Science and decolonisation in UNESCO
Casper Andersen

27. Decolonising science and medicine in Indonesia
Hans Pols

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Andrew Goss is Professor of History at Augusta University, Georgia.