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The passage to Cosmos : Alexander von Humboldt and the shaping of America

Author: Laura Dassow Walls
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explorer, scientist, writer, and humanist, Alexander von Humboldt was the most famous intellectual of the age that began with Napoleon and ended with Darwin. This title traces Humboldt's ideas for  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander{von Humboldt
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Dassow Walls
ISBN: 9780226871820 0226871827
OCLC Number: 300982360
Description: xv, 404 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Humboldt's bridge --
Confluences --
Passage to America, 1799-1804 --
Manifest destinies --
Interchapter: Finally shall come the poet --
" All are alike designed for freedom": Humboldt on race and slavery --
The community of Cosmos --
The face of planet America --
Epilogue: recalling Cosmos.
Responsibility: Laura Dassow Walls.

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