New Perspectives on the History of Life Sciences and Agriculture

  • Denise Phillips
  • Sharon Kingsland

Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 40)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Denise Phillips, Sharon Kingsland
    Pages 1-8
  3. Christopher W. P. Lyons, Karen-Beth G. Scholthof
    Pages 479-501
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 503-509

About this book


This volume explores problems in the history of science at the intersection of life sciences and agriculture, from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Taking a comparative national perspective, the book examines agricultural practices in a broad sense, including the practices and disciplines devoted to land management, forestry, soil science, and the improvement and management of crops and livestock. The life sciences considered include genetics, microbiology, ecology, entomology, forestry, and deal with US, European, Russian, Japanese, Indonesian, Chinese contexts. The book shows that the investigation of the border zone of life sciences and agriculture raises many interesting questions about how science develops. In particular it challenges one to re-examine and take seriously the intimate connection between scientific development and the practical goals of managing and improving – perhaps even recreating – the living world to serve human ends. Without close attention to this zone it is not possible to understand the emergence of new disciplines and transformation of old disciplines, to evaluate the role and impact of such major figures of science as Humboldt and Mendel, or to appreciate how much of the history of modern biology has been driven by national ambitions and imperialist expansion in competition with rival nations.


Acclimatization Experiments Afforestation Agricultural Entomology Agricultural Improvement Ecology Genetics History of Agriculture History of Biology History of Ecology Microbial Studies Plant Breeding Plant Geography Tropical Agriculture Vegetation Maps

Editors and affiliations

  • Denise Phillips
    • 1
  • Sharon Kingsland
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.History of Science and TechnologyJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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