Conquering Nature in Spain and Its Empire, 1750-1850

Conquering Nature in Spain and Its Empire, 1750-1850 - Studies in Imperialism

Hardback (01 Sep 2011) | English

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Synopsis

This book examines the study of natural history in the Spanish empire in the years 1750-1850. During this period, Spain made strenuous efforts to survey, inventory and exploit the natural productions of her overseas possessions, orchestrating a serries of scientific expeditions and cultivating and displaying American fauna and flora in metropolitan gardens and museums. This book assesses the cultural significance of natural history, emphasising the figurative and utilitarian value with which eighteenth-century Spaniards invested natural objects, from globetrotting elephants to three-legged chickens. It considers how the creation, legitimisation and dissemination of scientific knowledge reflected broader questions of imperial power and national identity. This book will be of particular interest to scholars and students of Spanish and Latin American History, the History of Science and Imperial Culture

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Book information

ISBN: 9780719084935
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 508.946033
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 234
Weight: 554g
Height: 237mm
Width: 163mm
Spine width: 25mm