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The Naturalist in Britain : A Social History - David Elliston Allen

The Naturalist in Britain

A Social History

Paperback Published: 6th November 1994
ISBN: 9780691036328
Number Of Pages: 304

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At once a major resource for historians of science and an excellent introduction to natural history for the general reader, David Allen's "The Naturalist in Britain" established a precedent for investigating natural history as a social phenomenon. Here the author traces the evolution of natural history from the seventeenth to the early twentieth centuries, from the "herbalizings" of apprentice apothecaries to the establishment of national reserves and international societies to the emergence of natural history as an organized discipline. Along the way he describes the role of scientific ideas, popular fashion, religious motivations, literary influences, the increase of leisure time and disposable income, and the tendency of like-minded persons to form clubs. His comprehensive and entertaining discussion creates a vibrant portrait of a scientific movement inextricably woven into a particular culture.

"Allen's original [book] ... is dense with picturesque detail, rich in correlation with social, artistic, and technical trends."--The Times Literary Supplement "Allen has made a caring, pioneering attempt towards mapping this vast forest... It is a book which is unlikely to be superseded."--Roy Porter, Annals of Science

List of Platesp. xi
List of Illustrationsp. xiii
Preface (1994)p. xv
Preface to the First Editionp. xvii
Organization Beginsp. 3
The Rise to Fashionp. 22
Wonders of the Pastp. 45
The Victorian Scttingp. 64
The Fruits of Efficiencyp. 83
Exploring the Fringcsp. 108
Deadlier Weaponsp. 126
The Field Clubp. 142
The Parting of the Waysp. 158
Dispersed Effortsp. 175
Recovery on the Coastsp. 186
An Infusion of Mobilityp. 202
A Break for Playp. 220
The Eventual Combiningp. 227
Notes on Sourcesp. 245
Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9780691036328
ISBN-10: 0691036322
Series: Princeton Paperbacks
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 6th November 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.52  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Type: Revised