Science, New Worlds, and the Classical Tradition: An Introduction

in Journal of Early Modern History
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Abstract

The articles in this volume offer interventions in the history of encounters between new worlds and the intellectual traditions inherited from and informed by classical antiquity, in the period roughly spanning 1450-1850. Ranging in scope from medical treatments to devil-worship, from cosmography to climate theory, from rhetorical colloquies to the interpretation of widow-burning, they show how early modern scholars, artisans, and travelers drew on multiple cultural traditions within Europe, as well as on indigenous knowledge networks in Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, in their attempts to incorporate new information into their existing world-view.

Science, New Worlds, and the Classical Tradition: An Introduction

in Journal of Early Modern History

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See especially Pamela H. Smith“Science on the Move: Recent Trends in the History of Early Modern Science,” Renaissance Quarterly 69 no. 2 (2009): 345-75.

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See for example Frank Lestringant“The Crisis of Cosmography at the End of the Renaissance,” in Humanism in Crisis: The Decline of the French Renaissanceed. Philippe Desan (Ann Arbor 1991) 153-79.

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See e.g. Sujit Sivasunderam“Sciences and the Global: On Methods, Questions, and Theory,” Isis 101 (2010): 146-58.

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