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List of Figures Preface Introduction 1. Apostles of Enlightenment 2. Quinine Science 3.Treub's Beautiful Science 4. Ethical Professionals 5. The Nationalists' Enlightenment 6. Van Mook's Technocracy 7. Desk Science Conclusion

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Andrew Goss is assistant professor of history at the University of New Orleans.


"A marvelously crisp, subtle, and insightful vision of the architectural limitations and constraints of colonial and postcolonial authority and the society it blanketed. It is beautifully and sensitively researched, making fruitful, intelligent use of stubborn Dutch colonial and scientific archives and numerous other sources."--R. E. Elson, Journal of American History

"A smart, elegant study of science in the East Indies, both in a time when Indonesia was Dutch, and when it finally reverted back to its own subject-citizens. The book is lively, clever, and well written."--Eric Tagliacozzo, author of Secret Trades, Porous Borders: Smuggling and States along a Southeast Asian Frontier, 1865-1915

"For anyone interested in Indonesia and the fortunes of science under colonial and then authoritarian political regimes, this book offers a detailed case study well worth reading."--CHOICE

"Wielding sharp and subtle analytic skills, Andrew Goss meticulously tracks how, when, and why colonial biologists embraced the gospel of enlightenment, progress, and science."--Ann Laura Stoler, author of Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule
"A detailed examination of the development of scientific research and institutions in Indonesia since the nineteenth century. . . . Its boldness makes this an important book, one that should be read by anyone interested in colonial history, science and modern governmental systems in not only Indonesia, but all of Southeast Asia."--Timothy P. Barnard, The Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

"Goss's monograph . . . sheds fresh light on the relationship between various experts of nature and the colonial and post-colonial state."--Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde

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