The Resource Joseph Banks and the English Enlightenment : useful knowledge and polite culture, John Gascoigne

Joseph Banks and the English Enlightenment : useful knowledge and polite culture, John Gascoigne

Label
Joseph Banks and the English Enlightenment : useful knowledge and polite culture
Title
Joseph Banks and the English Enlightenment
Title remainder
useful knowledge and polite culture
Statement of responsibility
John Gascoigne
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Joseph Banks's name is attached to various plant species and geographical locations around the world; he was a long-time president of the Royal Society, Privy Counsellor and adviser to the British government on a range of scientific and imperial issues. He was a driving force in the establishment of a penal colony at Botany Bay. Yet there are few monuments to him and while he has been the subject of a number of biographies, these have focused on his personal career rather than his relationship with some of the major movements of the period. This book places the work of Joseph Banks in the context of the Enlightenment. It aims at a better understanding of Banks himself as well as seeking to provide an analysis of some of the major scientific and cultural preoccupations of late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century British society
  • Banks's relation to the currents of thought associated with the Enlightenment is explored through a number of thematic chapters. These deal with the cultural ideal of the 'virtuoso' and the pursuit of natural history and anthropology, the practice of 'improvement' and the political and intellectual forces which contributed to the waning of the enlightenment in England
Dewey number
  • 508/.092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q127.G7
LC item number
G37 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Joseph Banks and the English Enlightenment : useful knowledge and polite culture, John Gascoigne
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-309) and index
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Contents
1. Joseph Banks: A Biographical Sketch -- 2. The Limits of Enlightenment -- 3. From Virtuoso to Botanist -- 4. From Antiquarian to Anthropologist --5. The Principles and Practice of Improvement -- 6. The Waning of the English Enlightenment
Control code
000010419655
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xi, 324 p.
Isbn
9780521450775
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
93031696
Other physical details
ill.
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.b16279608
System control number
  • rmr6391726
  • (OCoLC)28723010

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