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Cultures of Natural History

ISBN-10: 0521558948
ISBN-13: 9780521558945
Edition: 1995
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Description: These essays offer an accessible overview of a fascinating subject. An epilogue highlights the relevance of this extensive survey for current debates on museum practice, the display of ecological diversity, and concerns about the environment.

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Book details

List price: $62.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/26/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 524
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.948
Language: English

These essays offer an accessible overview of a fascinating subject. An epilogue highlights the relevance of this extensive survey for current debates on museum practice, the display of ecological diversity, and concerns about the environment.

E. C. Spary is a lecturer in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge. 

Acknowledgments
Notes on contributors
Introduction
The natures of cultural history
Curiosity, Erudition and Utility
Emblematic natural history
The culture of gardens
Courting nature
The culture of curiosity
Physicians and natural history
Natural history as print culture
Virtuosity, Improvement and Sensibility
Natural history in the academies
Carl Linnaeus and his time and place
Gender in natural history
Political natural and bodily economics
The science of man
The natural history of the earth
Naturphilosophie and the kingdoms of nature
Discipline, Discovery and Display
New spaces in natural history
Minerals strata and fossils
Humboldtian science
Biogeography and empire
Travelling the other way
Ethological encounters
Equipment for the field
Artisan botany
Tastes and crazes
Nature for the people
Natural history and the 'new' biology
Epilogue
The crisis of nature

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