Negotiating Knowledge in Early Modern Empires

A Decentered View

  • László Kontler
  • Antonella Romano
  • Silvia Sebastiani
  • Borbála Zsuzsanna Török

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. László Kontler, Antonella Romano, Silvia Sebastiani, Borbála Zsuzsanna Török
      Pages 1-22
  3. Negotiation of (Trans-)Imperial Patronage

  4. Competition of Empires: A Motor of Change in Knowledge Acquisition and Authentication

  5. Self-assertion of New Nodes of Knowledge Production

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-273

About this book


This volume takes a decentered look at early modern empires and rejects the center/periphery divide. With an unconventional geographical set of cases, including the Holy Roman Empire, the Habsburg, Iberian, French and British empires, as well as China, contributors seize the spatial dynamics of the scientific enterprise.


British Empire China empire Europe Expansion France Hungary

Editors and affiliations

  • László Kontler
    • 1
  • Antonella Romano
    • 2
    • 3
  • Silvia Sebastiani
    • 2
  • Borbála Zsuzsanna Török
    • 4
  1. 1.Central European UniversityBudapestHungary
  2. 2.École des hautes études en sciences socialesParisFrance
  3. 3.Centre Alexandre KoyréFrance
  4. 4.ZukunftskollegUniversity of KonstanzGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2014
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-50333-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-48401-7
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