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Science and polity in France : the revolutionary and Napoleonic years

Author: Charles Coulston Gillispie
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From the 1770s through the 1820s, the French scientific community predominated in the world to a degree that no other scientific establishment did in any period prior to the Second World War. In his classic Science and Polity in France: The End of the Old Regime, Charles Gillispie analyzed the cultural, political, and technical factors that encouraged scientific productivity on the eve of the Revolution. In the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Coulston Gillispie
ISBN: 0691115419 9780691115412
OCLC Number: 52559192
Description: viii, 751 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Science and politics under the constituent assembly --
Education, science, and politics --
The Museum of Natural History and the Academy of Science : rise and fall --
The metric system --
Science and the terror --
Scientists at war --
Thermidorean convention and directory --
Bonaparte and the scientific community --
Positivist science.
Responsibility: Charles Coulston Gillispie.
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Examines how the revolutionary and Napoleonic context contributed to modernization both of politics and science. This work argues that in politics the central feature of this modernization was  Read more...

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