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Visions of Empire : Voyages, Botany, and Representations of Nature - David Philip Miller

Visions of Empire

Voyages, Botany, and Representations of Nature

By: David Philip Miller (Editor), Peter Hanns Reill (Editor)

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Published: 18th August 2011
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This 1996 collection examines the discovery of plants and peoples of the Pacific in the eighteenth century by European scientists and travellers. The contributors conceptualise the process of discovery, which involved active cultural solutions to problems of representation, rather than mere collection and passive depiction. These solutions both reflected and created visions of empire. Studies of the voyages of Banks and Cook investigate their mobilisation of resources. Other essays examine the economic and theological roots of Linnaeus's natural history, and the importance of the sexual system of classification in ideas of human nature and social order. Visions of Empire also tackles the cultural roots of botanical representations and the interpretations of encounters with other peoples. Its interdisciplinary approach maps out a more sophisticated understanding of representations of nature and society.

Introduction
The Banksian Empire:
Joseph Banks, empire, and 'centers of calculation' in late Hanoverian London
Agents of empire: the Banksian collectors and evaluation of new lands
The antipodean exchange: European horticulture and imperial designs
Disciplining disease: scurvy, the navy, and imperial expansion, 1750-1825
The ordering of nature and the ordering of empire: a commentary
The Uses of Botany:
Purposes of Linnaean travel: a preliminary research report
Botany in the boudoir and garden: the Banksian context
'On the banks of the South Sea': botany and the sexual controversy in the late eighteenth century
Representations of Living Nature and their Uses:
'Implanted in our natures': humans, plants, and the stories of art
Images of ambiguity: eighteenth-century microscopy and the neither/nor
Global physics and aesthetic empire: Humboldt's physical portrait of the tropics
Seeing and understanding: a commentary
The Indigenous Environment: Anthropological Perspectives:
The scientific endeavor and the natives
Mediated encounters with Pacific cultures: three Samoan dinners
Visions of empire: afterword
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ISBN: 9780521172615
ISBN-10: 0521172616
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 394
Published: 18th August 2011
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.41 x 16.99  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.63