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Natural science and the origins of the British Empire

Author: Sarah Irving
Publisher: London : Pickering & Chatto, 2008.
Series: Empires in perspective, no. 5.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Irving places seventeenth-century science in the context of England's colonization of the Atlantic world. She argues that men of science held a conception of empire which has been overlooked by scholars. This was the idea of man's original dominion over the earth. Endowed to Adam in the Garden of Eden, this mastery over the world consisted in his perfect knowledge of nature. In the Fall, however, Adam lost his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Irving, Sarah (Sarah Louise).
Natural science and the origins of the British Empire.
London : Pickering & Chatto, 2008
(OCoLC)606162557
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Irving
ISBN: 9781851968893 185196889X
OCLC Number: 171109788
Awards: Winner of The Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Awards for Non-Fiction 2008
Description: xiii, 183 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: 'In a pure soil': Francis Bacon's empire of knowledge --
Restoring Eden in America: the Hartlib Circle's pansophical empire --
Robert Boyle's Protestant colonial project --
The Royal Society and the Atlantic world --
John Locke's language of empire --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Empires in perspective, no. 5.
Responsibility: by Sarah Irving.
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