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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: March 2020

2 - Science and Imperialism since 1870

from Part I - Transnational, International, and Global


Science and imperialism emerged as dynamic and significant fields of inquiry within the history of science, the history of imperialism, and postcolonial studies in the 1970s. There is now a clear understanding that the work of scientists in and for European colonies was not a marginal aspect of modern Western science but was integral to its development overall, and especially so in the biological and environmental sciences. At the same time, the impact of science in colonial territories has become a key theme in histories of imperialism, the histories of different colonies, histories of the Third World countries, and postcolonial studies, which is a diverse field of cultural analysis that explores new perspectives on the previously dominant historical narratives.