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Politics of Evolution, The : Morphology, Medicine, and Reform in Radical London

Desmond, Adrian

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ISBN 10: 0226143465 / ISBN 13: 9780226143460
Published by University Of Chicago Press May 15, 1992, Chicago, 1992
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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503 pages, b&w illustrations. Previous owner's signature on front end paper, light markings in pencil through text. Clean, tight copy. Record # 458155. Bookseller Inventory # 458155

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Title: Politics of Evolution, The : Morphology, ...

Publisher: University Of Chicago Press May 15, 1992, Chicago

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Looking for the first time at the cut-price anatomy schools rather than genteel Oxbridge, Desmond winkles out pre-Darwinian evolutionary ideas in reform-minded and politically charged early nineteenth-century London. In the process, he reveals the underside of London intellectual and social life in the generation before Darwin as it has never been seen before.

"The Politics of Evolution is intellectual dynamite, and certainly one of the most important books in the history of science published during the past decade."—Jim Secord, Times Literary Supplement

"One of those rare books that not only stakes out new territory but demands a radical overhaul of conventional wisdom."—John Hedley Brooke, Times Higher Education Supplement

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'[Desmond] shows us the early evolutionists in their proper political context, celebrated in radical circles, but bobbing and weaving to avoid the backlash..... If historians have yet to recognize that taste [for evolution before Darwin], it is because they have been looking in the wrong places--in salons instead of saloon bars, among the cut glass accent of scientific gentlemen instead of the cut price anatomy courses of the medical reformers. In The Politics of Evolution, Desmond proves the point a hundred times over, providing, in the process, a much needed political dimension to our ideas about evolution.' -- Stephen Young, The Guardian

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