Hybrid Ambitions: Science, Governance, and Empire in the Career of Caspar C.G. Reinwardt (1773-1854)

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Abstract

The German chemist-apothecary Caspar Georg Carl Reinwardt (1773-1854) offers a fascinating window on Dutch culture and society in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. By providing an in-depth analysis of his multi-faceted career in the Netherlands and the Malay Archipelago, this study sheds light on the co-evolutionary character of science, governance, and empire. It argues that seeds of Reinwardt’s professional flexibility lay in his practical training in one of Amsterdam’s chemical workshops and his socialization in a broader cultural context where the improvement of society and economy played a crucial role.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Leiden University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Roberts, Lissa, Advisor
  • Blusse van Oud Alblas, J.L., Supervisor
  • Roberts, L.L., Advisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date8 May 2012
Place of PublicationLeiden
Publisher
Print ISBNs9789087281663
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2012
Externally publishedYes

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