'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.
Duke University Press: Durham and London.
|Title:||'Peaches Which the Patriarchs Lacked': Natural History, Natural Resources, and the Natural Economy in France|
|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
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
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