Visions of Empire: Voyages, Botany, and Representations of Nature

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9780521483032: Visions of Empire: Voyages, Botany, and Representations of Nature

This 1996 collection examines the discovery of plants and peoples of the Pacific in the eighteenth century by European scientists and travellers. The contributors conceptualise the process of discovery, which involved active cultural solutions to problems of representation, rather than mere collection and passive depiction. These solutions both reflected and created visions of empire. Studies of the voyages of Banks and Cook investigate their mobilisation of resources. Other essays examine the economic and theological roots of Linnaeus's natural history, and the importance of the sexual system of classification in ideas of human nature and social order. Visions of Empire also tackles the cultural roots of botanical representations and the interpretations of encounters with other peoples. Its interdisciplinary approach maps out a more sophisticated understanding of representations of nature and society.

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Originally published in 1996, Visions of Empire examines the discovery of Pacific lands by European travellers, focusing on how plants and peoples were depicted, and revealing how botany and natural history were shaped by imperial, political and cultural frameworks.


1. Introduction David Philip Miller; Part I. The Banksian Empire: 2. Joseph Banks, empire, and 'centers of calculation' in late Hanoverian London David Philip Miller; 3. Agents of empire: the Banksian collectors and evaluation of new lands David Mackay; 4. The antipodean exchange: European horticulture and imperial designs Alan Frost; 5. Disciplining disease: scurvy, the navy, and imperial expansion, 1750–1825 Christopher Lawrence; 6. The ordering of nature and the ordering of empire: a commentary John Gascoigne; Part II. The Uses of Botany: 7. Purposes of Linnaean travel: a preliminary research report Lisbet Koerner; 8. Botany in the boudoir and garden: the Banksian context Janet Browne; 9. 'On the banks of the South Sea': botany and the sexual controversy in the late eighteenth century Alan Bewell; Part III. Representations of Living Nature and their Uses: 10. 'Implanted in our natures': humans, plants, and the stories of art Martin Kemp; 11. Images of ambiguity: eighteenth-century microscopy and the neither/nor Barbara M. Stafford; 12. Global physics and aesthetic empire: Humboldt's physical portrait of the tropics Michael Dettelbach; 13. Seeing and understanding: a commentary Peter Hanns Reill; Part IV. The Indigenous Environment: Anthropological Perspectives: 14. The scientific endeavor and the natives Ingjerd Hoëm; 15. Mediated encounters with Pacific cultures: three Samoan dinners Alessandro Duranti; 16. Visions of empire: afterword Simon Schaffer.

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Editore: Cambridge University Press (1996)
ISBN 10: 0521483034 ISBN 13: 9780521483032
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Descrizione libro Cambridge University Press, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110521483034

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