Patricia fara is a historian of science at the university of cambridge she is a graduate of the university of oxford and did her phd at the university of london she is a former fellow of darwin college and is currently a fellow of clare college where she is senior tutor and tutor for graduate students. Sex botany and empire explores the entwined destinies of these two men and how their influence served both science and imperialism patricia fara reveals how enlightenment botany under the veil of rationality manifested a drive to conquer subdue and deflower all in the name of british empire. Eighteenth century botany starring cook banks and linnaeus was sexy dangerous and big business and fara reveals the existence barely concealed under the camouflage of noble enlightenment of the more seedy drives to conquer subdue and deflower in the name of the british empire to ask other . Sex botany and empire by patricia fara icon books 999 pp168 the way that botanists divide up flowers reminds me of the way africa was divided into countries by politicians miles kington . Patricia fara author of sex botany and empire the story of carl linnaeus and joseph banks tells the story of banks who ruled over his own small scientific empire promoting botanical exploration to justify the exploitation of territories peoples and natural resources
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