The Science of Empire: Scientific Knowledge, Civilization, and Colonial Rule in India

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SUNY Press, 1 de jan. de 1996 - 298 páginas
In The Science of Empire, Zaheer Baber analyzes the social context of the origins and development of science and technology in India from antiquity through colonialism to the modern period. The focus is on the two-way interaction between science and society: how specific social and cultural factors led to the emergence of specific scientific/technological knowledge systems and institutions that transformed the very social conditions that produced them. A key feature is the author's analysis of the role of precolonial trading circuits and other institutional factors in transmitting scientific and technological knowledge from India to other civilizational complexes. A significant portion represents an analysis of the role of modern science and technology in the consolidation of the British empire in India.
 

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Baber's monograph does a thing some not very good academic writers do (I see my students do it a lot, which seems like a mean thing to say, but to be fair I often do it myself in a first draft): there ... Ler resenha completa

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Introduction
1
Science Technology and Social Structure in Ancient India
14
Science Technology and Society in Medieval India
53
The Origins of British Colonial Rule
80
Scientific Solutions for Colonial Problems
110
Science Technology and Colonial Power
158
Conclusions Science Technology and Ecological Limits
220
Bibliography
231
Index
263
About the Author
273
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Zaheer Baber is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore.

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