Nature's Government: Science, Imperial Britain, and the 'Improvement' of the World

Richard Drayton; with an Introduction By Mahesh Rangarajan

Published by Orient BlackSwan, 2005
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Synopsis: Natures government is a daring attempt to juxtapose the histories of britain, western science and imperialism it shows how colonial expansion led to complex kinds of knowledge and in particular the way in which science and botany was fed by information culled from exploration of the world science was useful to imperialism as it guided the exploitation of exotic environments and provided legitimacy to conquest it is in this respect that botanic gardens as providers of knowledge, aesthetic perfection and agricultural plenty, became instruments of government, by the late eighteenth century in britain and the british empire at the royal botanic gardens at kew, improving the world became a potent argument for both the patronage of science at home and britains prerogatives abroad this south asian edition has a special introduction by mahesh rangarajan

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Publisher: Orient BlackSwan
Publication Date: 2005
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