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Natural Science and the Origins of the British Empire


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Introduction 1 'In a Pure Soil': Francis Bacon and the Empire of Knowledge 2 The Hartlib Circle's Pansophical Empire 3 Robert Boyle's Programme for Empire 4 Museums and Natural Histories: The Royal Society and the Atlantic World 1660-1700 5 All Things Richly to Enjoy: John Locke and the Colonial Language of Improvement


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