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The alchemy of empire : abject materials and the technologies of colonialism

Author: Rajani Sudan
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Alchemy of Empire unravels the non-European origins of Enlightenment science. Focusing on the abject materials of empire-building, this study traces the genealogies of substances like mud, mortar, ice, and paper, as well as forms of knowledge like inoculation. Showing how East India Company employees deployed the paradigm of alchemy in order to make sense of the new worlds they confronted, Rajani Sudan argues
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Genre/Form: History
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Sudan, Rajani.
Alchemy of empire
New York : Fordham University Press, 2016
(DLC) 2015046367
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rajani Sudan
ISBN: 9780823270675 082327067X 9780823270682 0823270688
OCLC Number: 925500039
Awards: Short-listed for Michelle Kendrick Memorial Book Prize.
Description: 223, pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Mud, Mortar, and Empire --
1. The Alchemy of Empire --
2. Mortar and the Making of Madras --
3. Ice and the Production of British Climate --
4. Inoculation and the Limits of British Imperialism --
5. "Plaisters, " Paper, and the Labor of Letters.
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