Book ID: CBB833759855

Linnaeus, Natural History and the Circulation of Knowledge (2018)


Hodacs, Hanna (Editor)
van Damme, Stéphane (Editor)
Nyberg, Kenneth (Editor)

Voltaire Foundation

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 300
Language: English

The name of Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) is inscribed in almost every flora and fauna published from the mid-eighteenth century onwards; in this respect he is virtually immortal. In this book a group of specialists argue for the need to re-centre Linnaean science and de-centre Linnaeus the man by exploring the ideas, practices and people connected to his taxonomic innovations. Contributors examine the various techniques, materials and methods that originated within the 'Linnaean workshop': paper technologies, publication strategies, and markets for specimens. Fresh analyses of the reception of Linnaeus's work in Paris, Königsberg, Edinburgh and beyond offer a window on the local contexts of knowledge transfer, including new perspectives on the history of anthropology and stadial theory. The global implications and negotiated nature of these intellectual, social and material developments are further investigated in chapters tracing the experiences and encounters of Linnaean travellers in Africa, Latin America and South Asia. Through focusing on the circulation of Linnaean knowledge and placing it within the context of eighteenth-century globalization, authors provide innovative and important contributions to our understanding of the early modern history of science.

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Review Dominik Hünniger (2019) Review of "Das System der Natur: Die Kollaborative Wissenskultur der Botanik im 18. Jahrhundert". Archives of Natural History (pp. 371-372). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
George Ogola
Charlton, Mike
Armada, Xosé-Lois
Breen, Benjamin
Simonson, Peter
Murillo-Barroso, Mercedes
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Journal of Jesuit Studies
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Journal of Early Modern History
Intellectual History Review
History of the Human Sciences
Springer Nature
Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study
University of California, Los Angeles
Palgrave Macmillan
Oxbow Books
Transmission of ideas
Globalization; internationalization
Transmission of material objects
Transmission of texts
Natural history
Science and society
Linnaeus, Carolus
Polanco, Juan Alfonso de
Khankhoje, Pandurang Sadhashiv
Coquebert de Montbret, Ernest
Wadström, Carl Bernhard
Thunberg, Carl Peter
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
17th century
Edo period (Japan, 1603-1868)
Early modern
Middle and Near East
South Asia
Edinburgh (Scotland)
Latin America
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
Société d'Histoire Naturelle
Uppsala Universitet
Société Philomathique de Paris
Rockefeller Foundation

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