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Utopias Garden: French Natural History from Old Regime to Revolution
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Publication date December 1, 2000
Pages 321
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780226768625
ISBN-10 0226768627
Dimensions 1 by 6.25 by 9 in.
Weight 0.40 lbs.
Original list price $104.00
Other format details university press
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The royal Parisian botanical garden, the Jardin du Roi, was a jewel in the crown of the French Old Regime, praised by both rulers and scientific practitioners. Yet unlike many such institutions, the Jardin not only survived the French Revolution but by 1800 had become the world's leading public establishment of natural history: the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle.

E. C. Spary traces the scientific, administrative, and political strategies that enabled the foundation of the Muséum, arguing that agriculture and animal breeding rank alongside classification and collections in explaining why natural history was important for French rulers. But the Muséum's success was also a consequence of its employees' Revolutionary rhetoric: by displaying the natural order, they suggested, the institution could assist in fashioning a self-educating, self-policing Republican people. Natural history was presented as an indispensable source of national prosperity and individual virtue.

Spary's fascinating account opens a new chapter in the history of France, science, and the Enlightenment.


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from Univ of Chicago Pr (December 1, 2000)
9780226768625 | details & prices | 321 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $104.00
About: The royal Parisian botanical garden, the Jardin du Roi, was a jewel in the crown of the French Old Regime, praised by both rulers and scientific practitioners.
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from Univ of Chicago Pr (December 1, 2000)
9780226768632 | details & prices | 321 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $38.00
About: The royal Parisian botanical garden, the Jardin du Roi, was a jewel in the crown of the French Old Regime, praised by both rulers and scientific practitioners.

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