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Historicizing Humans (Hardback)

Deep Time, Evolution, and Race in Nineteenth-Century British Sciences

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Imprint: University of Pittsburgh Press
Series: Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century
Pages: 320
Illustrations: 13 b&w images
ISBN: 9780822945291
Published: 25th May 2018
Casemate UK Academic

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With an Afterword by Theodore KoditschekA number of important developments and discoveries across the British Empire's imperial landscape during the nineteenth century invited new questions about human ancestry. The rise of secularism and scientific naturalism; new evidence, such as skeletal and archaeological remains; and European encounters with different people all over the world challenged the existing harmony between science and religion and threatened traditional biblical ideas about special creation and the timeline of human history. Advances in print culture and voyages of exploration also provided researchers with a wealth of material that contributed to their investigations into humanity’s past.Historicizing Humans takes a critical approach to nineteenth-century human history, as the contributors consider how these histories were shaped by the colonial world, and for various scientific, religious, and sociopolitical purposes. This volume highlights the underlying questions and shared assumptions that emerged as various human developmental theories competed for dominance throughout the British Empire.

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