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Science and Empire

Knowledge and Networks of Science across the British Empire, 1800–1970

  • Brett M. Bennett
  • Joseph M. Hodge

Part of the Britain and the World book series (BAW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Historiography and Overview

  3. Knowledge and Networks in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

  4. Knowledge and Networks at the End of Empire

  5. Epilogue

    1. Michael Worboys
      Pages 321-326
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 327-346

About this book


Offering one of the first analyses of how networks of science interacted within the British Empire during the past two centuries, this volume shows how the rise of formalized state networks of science in the mid nineteenth-century led to a constant tension between administrators and scientists.


British Empire Colonial Period colonization decolonization history Nigeria

Editors and affiliations

  • Brett M. Bennett
    • 1
  • Joseph M. Hodge
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Western SydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Department of HistoryWest Virginia UniversityUSA

About the editors

GREGORY BARTON Permanent Research Fellow in Environmental History, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia BRETT M. BENNETT Lecturer in Modern History, the University of Western Sydney, Australia SABINE CLARKE Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford, UK MATTHEW M. HEATON Assistant Professor of History, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA JOSEPH M. HODGE Associate Professor of Modern British and British Imperial History, West Virginia University, USA JOHN GASCOIGNE Professor of History, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia PETER H. HOFFENBERG Associate Professor of History, the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA ADRIAN HOWKINS Assistant Professor of International Environmental History, Colorado State University, USA CHRISTIAN JENNINGS Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, USA TAMSON PIETSCH Sir Christopher Cox Junior Fellow at New College, University of Oxford, UK RAJIVE TIWARI Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina, USA MICHAEL WORBOYS Director of the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine and Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Manchester University, UK

Bibliographic information


“This fine volume edited by Brett M. Bennett and Joseph M. Hodge does much to make a strong case for the utility of placing empire within broader history of science studies contexts. It also provides an extremely useful set of readings suitable for anyone with interests in empire, as well as an excellent source for any course exploring science and imperialism. I recommend the book highly.” (James Beattie, Environmental Values, Vol. 22 (3), August, 2016)

'This book can be recommended to all students of the history and geography of empire and science, and its accessible style and engaging presentation will ensure that it can be useful to students and scholars of all levels of experience.' - Journal of Historical Geography, Elizabeth Baigent, University of Oxford