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

Author: Laura Dassow Walls
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press ; Bristol : University Presses Marketing [distributor], 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback edView all editions and formats
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Humboldt offered the world a vision of humans & nature as integrated halves of a single whole. He espoused the idea that while the univerise of nature exists apart from human purpose, its beauty & order are human achievements. Laura Dassow Walls traces the emergence of this philosophy to Humboldt's 1799 journey to America.
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt; Alexander von Humboldt
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Dassow Walls
ISBN: 9780226871837 0226871835
OCLC Number: 751738663
Notes: Originally published: 2009.
Description: xv, 404 pages : illustrations ; 23 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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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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