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Joseph Banks and the English Enlightenment : useful knowledge and polite culture

Author: John Gascoigne
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Joseph Banks's name is attached to various plant species and geographical locations around the world; he was a long-time president of the Royal Society, Privy Counsellor and adviser to the British government on a range of scientific and imperial issues. He was a driving force in the establishment of a penal colony at Botany Bay. Yet there are few monuments to him and while he has been the subject of a number of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Joseph Banks; Joseph Banks; Joseph Banks; Joseph Banks; Joseph Banks
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Gascoigne
ISBN: 0521450772 9780521450775
OCLC Number: 28723010
Description: xi, 324 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. Joseph Banks: A Biographical Sketch --
2. The Limits of Enlightenment --
3. From Virtuoso to Botanist --
4. From Antiquarian to Anthropologist --
5. The Principles and Practice of Improvement --
6. The Waning of the English Enlightenment.
Responsibility: John Gascoigne.
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