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Science in the Service of Empire Joseph Banks, the British State and the Uses of Science in the Age of Revolution

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ISBN-10: 0521181364

ISBN-13: 9780521181365

Edition: 2010

Authors: John Gascoigne

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This book examines Sir Joseph Banks' role in promoting "imperial science," in the context of the consolidation of the British State during a time of extraordinary upheaval. Under pressure from the American, French and Industrial revolutions, the State became interested in the possible uses of science for economic and strategic gain. Banks became its principal adviser in scientific matters, and Gascoigne shows how he used personal networks and patronage to integrate scientific concerns into the complex machinery of government.
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Book details

List price: $50.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/17/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

John Gascoigne is Scientia Professor in the School of Humanities at the University of New South Wales.

An expanding state
The Royal Society and the emergence of science as an instrument of state policy
The levers of power
Neo-mercantilism and the landed interest
Science in the service of empire
Science in the service of the Republic of Letters
The expansion of empire
Epilogue