Bugs and the Victorians (BOK)

J F M Clark

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In the wake of the Scientific Revolution, the impulse to name and classify the natural world accelerated, and insects presented a particularly inviting challenge. This lively book explores how science became increasingly important in nineteenth-century British culture and how the systematic study of insects permitted entomologists to engage with the most pressing questions of Victorian times: the nature of God, mind, and governance, and the origins of life. By placing insects in a myriad of contexts--politics, religion, gender, and empire--John F. McDiarmid Clark demonstrates the impact of Victorian culture on the science of insects and on the systematic knowledge of the natural world. Through engaging accounts of famous and eccentric innovators who sought to define social roles for themselves through a specialist study of insects--among them a Tory clergyman, a banker and member of Parliament, a wealthy spinster, and an entrepreneurial academic--Clark highlights the role of insects in the making of modern Britain and maintains that the legacy of Victorian entomologists continues to this day.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2009 Forfatter J F M Clark
Yale University Press
ISBN 9780300150919
Antall sider 384 Dimensjoner 23,9cm x 16,6cm x 3,2cm
Vekt 678 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form History of science