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'Peaches Which the Patriarchs Lacked': Natural History, Natural Resources, and the Natural Economy in France

Spary, EC; (2003) 'Peaches Which the Patriarchs Lacked': Natural History, Natural Resources, and the Natural Economy in France. In: Schabas, M and De Marchi, N, (eds.) Oeconomies in the Age of Newton. (14 - 41). Duke University Press: Durham and London.

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Type:Book chapter
Title:'Peaches Which the Patriarchs Lacked': Natural History, Natural Resources, and the Natural Economy in France
ISBN:0-8223-6586-3
Additional information:Disciplinary subfields: history of economy, history of science This essay frames the origin of the notion of "the economy" (as used in eighteenth-century French political economy) in earlier uses drawn from botany, medicine and household manuals, where claims about the distinction between indigenous and exotic plants constituted a natural basis for defining the nation. For these reasons, the political status of attempts to acclimatise exotic plants was disputed; the authority of biogeographical knowledge had to be established in order for botanists to achieve their subsequent role as State consultants over the natural world.
Keywords:economy, natural resources, botany, France, eighteenth century
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Biosciences (Division of) > UCL Centre for the History of Medicine

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