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Title: SEX, BOTANY AND EMPIRE (ICON SCIENCE)
THE STORY OF CARL LINNAEUS AND JOSEPH BANKS
By: Patricia Fara
Format: Paperback

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ISBN 10: 1785782274
ISBN 13: 9781785782275
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Publisher: ICON BOOKS LTD
Pub. date: 6 July, 2017
Edition: 2nd edition
Series: Icon Science
Pages: 176
Description: The sexual symbolism of Enlightenment botany.
Synopsis: When the imperial explorer James Cook returned from his first voyage to Australia, scandal writers mercilessly satirised the amorous exploits of his botanist Joseph Banks, whose trousers were reportedly stolen while he was inside the tent of Queen Oberea of Tahiti. Was the pursuit of scientific truth really what drove Enlightenment science?In Sweden and Britain, both imperial powers, Banks and Carl Linneaus ruled over their own small scientific empires, promoting botanical exploration to justify the exploitation of territories, peoples and natural resources. Regarding native peoples with disdain, these two scientific emperors portrayed the Arctic North and the Pacific Ocean as uncorrupted Edens, free from the shackles of Western sexual mores.In this `absorbing' (Observer) book, Patricia Fara reveals the existence, barely concealed under Banks' and Linnaeus' camouflage of noble Enlightenment, of the altogether more seedy drives to conquer, subdue and deflower in the name of the British Imperial state.
Publication: UK
Imprint: Icon Books Ltd
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