• Denise Phillips
  • Sharon KingslandEmail author
Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 40)


This volume investigates problems at the intersection of the history of life sciences and agricultural history from the late eighteenth century to the present. Adopting a cross-national comparative perspective, essays analyze disciplinary changes in German, French, Dutch, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and American life sciences with particular attention to biogeography, natural history, entomology, ecology, microbiology, and genetics. Agriculture is construed broadly to include forestry, land management, soil science, and crop and livestock improvement. Essays explore the intersection of life science with economics and politics, the transformation of disciplines and their material basis, and the role of such founding fathers as Humboldt and Mendel in the emergence of new disciplines.


History of agriculture History of biology History of ecology History of genetics Humboldtian science Mendelism Soil science 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of History of Science and TechnologyJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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