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The Colonial Machine: French Science and Overseas Expansion in the Old Regime


for Members

The Colonial Machine: French Science and Overseas Expansion in the Old Regime

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study

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The rise of modern science and European colonial and imperial expansion since the sixteenth century are two defining elements of modern world history. The historical interconnections of science and state power and how Western science and Western colonial expansion interacted and shaped each other over the last centuries has inspired and created a mature field of scholarly research, Science & Empire Studies. The particular case of French science and the French state in the eighteenth century is especially noteworthy because France was then the world's leading scientific power and a major colonial power that strongly rivaled Britain. The contemporary French state organized and underwrote science and expertise to an unprecedented degree. The result was a concatenation of institutions and resources, what we are calling the Colonial Machine, that both facilitated the French colonial enterprise and that impacted the development of contemporary science.

The reception will be held after the event.
We look forward to seeing you there.


James E. McClellan, III

Stevens Institute of Technology

François Regourd

Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre

Registration Pricing

This meeting is free, but registration is required.

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Venue Location

Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU

Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
1 Washington Place
New York, NY 10003

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