Utopias Garden : French Natural History from Old Regime to Revolution (Paperback)

Author: Spary, E. C.

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The royal Parisian botanical garden, the Jardin du Roi, was a jewel in the crown of the French Old Regime, praised by both rulers and scientific practitioners. Yet unlike many such institutions, the Jardin not only survived the French Revolution but by 1800 had become the world's leading public establishment of natural history: the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle.
E. C. Spary traces the scientific, administrative, and political strategies that enabled the foundation of the Museum, arguing that agriculture and animal breeding rank alongside classification and collections in explaining why natural history was important for French rulers. But the Museum's success was also a consequence of its employees' Revolutionary rhetoric: by displaying the natural order, they suggested, the institution could assist in fashioning a self-educating, self-policing Republican people. Natural history was presented as an indispensable source of national prosperity and individual virtue.
Spary's fascinating account opens a new chapter in the history of France, science, and the Enlightenment.


Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226768632
SKU 30648913
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0226768635
Release Date 4/16/2007
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0304
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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