Science Cultivating Practice

A History of Agricultural Science in the Netherlands and its Colonies, 1863–1986

  • Harro Maat

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Harro Maat
    Pages 1-25
  3. Harro Maat
    Pages 77-116
  4. Harro Maat
    Pages 143-172
  5. Harro Maat
    Pages 209-229
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 231-249

About this book


Science Cultivating Practice is an institutional history of agricultural science in the Netherlands and its overseas territories. The focus of this study is the variety of views about a proper relationship between science and (agricultural) practice. Such views and plans materialised in the overall organisation of research and education. Moreover, the book provides case studies of genetics and plant breeding in the Netherlands, colonial rice breeding, and agricultural statistics. Ideas affected the organisation as much as the other way round. The net result was an institutional development in which the values of academic science were rated higher than the values of practice.
This book is a distinctive piece of work as it treats the dynamics of science in a European as well as in a colonial context. These different ecological and social environments lead to other forms of knowledge and experimentation as well as other ways of organising science.


agriculture development education plant plant breeding rice wheat

Authors and affiliations

  • Harro Maat
    • 1
  1. 1.Wageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5864-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2954-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1570-3010
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