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Author McClellan, James E., III (James Edward), 1946- author.

Title Colonialism and science : Saint Domingue in the old regime / James E. McClellan III ; with a new foreword by Vertus Saint-Louis
Edition University of Chicago Press edition
Published Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2010


Description 1 online resource (xx, 393 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Foreword / Vertus Saint-Louis -- Introduction: The Case of Saint Domingue -- Part I. Eighteenth-Century Saint Domingue: The Old Regime in the Tropics. Material factors ; Historical development ; Population and sociology ; Industry and economy ; The urban context -- Part II. Science in a New World Setting. Missionary naturalists ; Expeditions to Saint Domingue ; Medicine and medical administration ; Economic botany and animal economy ; Meteorology and popular science -- Part III. The Cercle des Philadelphes (1784-1792). On to letters patent ; Profile of an institution ; The fall of the Société Royale of Cap Franç̧ois -- Conclusions: Science and colonial development
Summary "How was the character of science shaped by the colonial experience? In turn, how might we make sense of how science contributed to colonialism? Saint Domingue (now Haiti) was the world's richest colony in the eighteenth century and home to an active society of science--one of only three in the world, at that time. In this deeply researched and pathbreaking study of the colony, James E. McClellan III first raised his incisive questions about the relationship between science and society that historians of the colonial experience are still grappling with today. Long considered rare, the book is now back in print in an English-language edition, accompanied by a new foreword by Vertus Saint-Louis, a native of Haiti and a widely-acknowledged expert on colonialism. Frequently cited as the crucial starting point in understanding the Haitian revolution, Colonialism and Science will be welcomed by students and scholars alike."--Provided by publisher
Notes Originally published: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1992
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 361-381) and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (ProQuest Ebook Central, viewed October 17, 2019)
Subject Science -- Haiti -- History -- 18th century
SCIENCE -- History.
Haiti -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Saint-Louis, Vertus, writer of foreword.
ISBN 9780226514680