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Inventing the Indigenous Local Knowledge and Natural History in Early Modern Europe

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ISBN-10: 0521870879

ISBN-13: 9780521870870

Edition: 2007

Authors: Alix Cooper

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In the wake of expanding commercial voyages, many people in early modern Europe became curious about the plants and minerals around them and began to compile catalogs of them. Drawing on cultural, social and environmental history, as well as the histories of science and medicine, this book argues that, amidst a growing reaction against exotic imports -- whether medieval spices like cinnamon or new American arrivals like chocolate and tobacco -- learned physicians began to urge their readers to discover their own "indigenous" natural worlds. In response, compilers of local inventories created numerous ways of itemizing nature, from local floras and regional mineralogies to efforts to write the natural histories of entire territories. Tracing the fate of such efforts, the book provides new insight into the historical trajectory of such key concepts as indigeneity and local knowledge.
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Book details

List price: $113.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/19/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 234
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Introduction
Home and the World: Debating Indigenous Nature
"There are in Germany so many more and better medicines..."
"Garlic and Onions"
"Indigenous Medicine"
Field and Garden: The Making of the Local Flora
Field Trips
Texts
Places
From Rocks to Riches: The Quest for Natural Wealth
Mineral Kingdoms
Natural Treasures
Excavating Wurzburg
Dealing in the Local
The Nature of the Territory
"Procure us an Account"
Translating the New Science
"The Possibilities of the Land"
Problems of Local Knowledge
"The Indies in Switzerland"
Florists and Critics
Conclusion
Works Cited
Manuscript Sources
Printed Primary Sources
Secondary Sources
Index