Science in the Service of Empire: Joseph Banks, the British State and the Uses of Science in the Age of Revolution
Cambridge University Press, Jun 8, 1998 - Business & Economics - 247 pages
Joseph Banks is one of the most significant figures of the English Enlightenment. This book attempts to place his work in promoting 'imperial science' in the context of the consolidation of the British State during a time of extraordinary upheaval. The American, French and Industrial Revolutions unleashed intense and dramatic change, placing growing pressure on the British State and increasing its need for expert advice on scientific matters. This guidance was largely provided, or at least co-ordinated, by Sir Joseph Banks, who used his personal networks and systems of patronage to integrate scientific concerns with the complex machinery of government. Most significantly, the book shows how imperial concerns prompted interest in the possible uses of science for economic and strategic gain.
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