The Science of Empire: Scientific Knowledge, Civilization, and Colonial Rule in India / Edition 1

The Science of Empire: Scientific Knowledge, Civilization, and Colonial Rule in India / Edition 1

by Zaheer Baber
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791429202

ISBN-13: 9780791429204

Pub. Date: 05/28/1996

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Investigates the complex social processes involved in the introduction and institutionalization of Western science in colonial India.

In Science, Civilization, and Empire in India, Zaheer Baber analyzes the social context of the origins and development of science and technology in India from antiquity through colonialism to the modern period. The focus is on

Overview

Investigates the complex social processes involved in the introduction and institutionalization of Western science in colonial India.

In Science, Civilization, and Empire in India, Zaheer Baber analyzes the social context of the origins and development of science and technology in India from antiquity through colonialism to the modern period. The focus is on the two- way interaction between science and society: how specific social and cultural factors led to the emergence of specific scientific/technological knowledge systems and institutions that transformed the very social conditions that produced them. A key feature is the author’s analysis of the role of pre-colonial trading circuits and other institutional factors in transmitting scientific and technological knowledge from India to other civilizational complexes. A significant portion represents an analysis of the role of modern science and technology in the consolidation of the British empire in India.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791429204
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Series:
SUNY series in Science, Technology, and Society Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
299
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1 Introduction

2 Science, Technology, and Social Structure in Ancient India

3 Science, Technology, and Society in Medieval India

4 The Origins of British Colonial Rule

5 Scientific Solutions for Colonial Problems

6 Science, Technology and Colonial Power

7 Conclusions: Science, Technology and Ecological Limits

Bibliography

Index

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