Sex, Botany and Empire: The Story of Carl Linnaeus and Joseph Banks

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Icon Books, Jan 1, 2004 - History - 176 pages
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"Enticing ... with a sharp eye for 18th-century mores, this is an engrossing exploration of the growth of the British Empire." Good Book Guide

 

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User Review  - tyranustyranus - LibraryThing

Quick read about imperial science and botany. I knew nothing of Joseph Banks before reading this. Had never heard of him, in fact. Shortcomings aside, he was a very important figure in the realm of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nick Jones - Goodreads

Short and breezy, but well-researched account of the effects of Joseph Banks' engagement with Linnaean plant-hunting and classifying. For one thing, Australia was colored red on the map for two ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1 The Three SS
1
Chapter 2 The Scientific Swede
19
Chapter 3 The British Botanist
47
Chapter 4 Exploration and Exploitation
70
Chapter 5 Exoticism and Eroticism
96
Chapter 6 Imperialism and Institutions
127
Chapter 7 Heroes and Hemispheres
153
Further Reading
158
Notes
160
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Patricia Fara is a Fellow of Clare College at the University of Cambridge where she teaches history of science. She is an expert on magnetism in the eighteenth century, and has also written and lectured widely on scientific portraits, the northern lights and international exploration. Her most recent book, Science: A Four Thousand Year History, shows how science has always belonged to the practical world of war, politics, and business.

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