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Science and Colonial Expansion The Role of the British Royal Botanic Gardens

ISBN-10: 0300091435
ISBN-13: 9780300091434
Edition: 2002
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 9/10/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

An analysis of the political effects of scientific research as exemplified by economic botany during the 19th century. It examines how the British botanic garden network developed and transferred economically important plants to different parts of the world to promote the Empire's prosperity.

The late Lucile H. Brockway received her doctoral degree in anthropology from the City University of New York.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The British Empire
The World Capitalist System
East-West Divergence
European Expansion: Technology and Trade
The Colonization of the Indies
The British and China: Opium and Tea
The Tea Transfer
India in the Plantation Economy
The Empire in the New World: Agriculture and Labor
Seed and Plant Transfers
New Food Staples
Discussion
Plantation Crops
Beverages: Coffee, Tea, Cocoa
Nonfood Plants
Discussion
General Intellectual Background
Learned Societies
The Intellectual Context
Roster of Learned Societies
Botany and Botanic Gardens
Kew Gardens and the Scientific Elite
Kew Gardens--The Formative Stage
Display
Research and Publication
Economic Botany: Plant Collection and Distribution
Wardian Cases
The Scientific Elite
The Kew Circle: Personal Networks
The Second Generation
The Imperial Stage
Kew and Cinchona
The Effects of the Sepoy Revolt
Malaria
Cinchona Bark
Indigenous Use?
Reasons and Rationales
The Cinchona Transfer
From Wild to Cultivated: The Development Process
The Nilgiris
Bengal
Ceylon
South American Market
Quinine: An Arm of Empire
Quinine and the Penetration of Africa
Local Effects of Cinchona Plantations
Postscript
Rubber--A New Plantation Crop and Industrial Raw Material
The Cinchona Model
The Botany of Rubber
Wild Rubber
Amazonian Rubber on the World Market
The Rubber Trade and the Indian Population
Final Boom and Bust
Wild Rubber Assessed
From Wild to Cultivated
The Experimental Years
Labor
Rubber and the Empire
Sisal and the Kew Bulletin
The Commercial Agaves
A Yucatan Hacienda
Plant Removals
Bahama Hemp
Sisal in Brazil
Summary
Kew and Empire: Conclusions
Some Architectural Symbols
List of the Staffs of the Royal Gardens, Kew, and of Botanical Departments and Establishments at Home, and in India, and the Colonies, in Correspondence with Kew
References
Subject Index

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