How was the character of science shaped by the colonial experience?
In turn, how might we make sense of how science contributed to
colonialism? Saint Domingue (now Haiti) was the worlds richest
colony in the eighteenth century and home to an active society of
scienceone of only three in the world, at that time. In this deeply
researched and pathbreaking study of the colony, James E. McClellan
III first raised his incisive questions about the relationship
between science and society that historians of the colonial
experience are still grappling with today. Long considered rare,
the book is now back in print in an English-language edition,
accompanied by a new foreword by Vertus Saint-Louis, a native of
Haiti and a widely-acknowledged expert on colonialism. Frequently
cited as the crucial starting point in understanding the Haitian
revolution, Colonialism and Science will be welcomed by students
and scholars alike. By deftly weaving together imperialism and
science in the story of French colonialism, McClellan] . . . brings
to light the history of an almost forgotten colony.Journal of
Modern History McClellan has produced an impressive case study
offering excellent surveys of Saint Domingues colonial history and
its history of science.Isis
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