Enlightened Zeal: The Hudsons Bay Company and Scientific Networks, 1670-1870 Theodore Binnema

ISBN: 9781442646971

Published: April 4th 2014

Hardcover

488 pages


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Enlightened Zeal: The Hudsons Bay Company and Scientific Networks, 1670-1870  by  Theodore Binnema

Enlightened Zeal: The Hudsons Bay Company and Scientific Networks, 1670-1870 by Theodore Binnema
April 4th 2014 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 488 pages | ISBN: 9781442646971 | 10.14 Mb

Enlightened Zeal examines the fascinating history of the Hudsons Bay Companys involvement in scientific networks during the companys two-hundred year chartered monopoly. Working from the companys voluminous records, Ted Binnema demonstrates theMoreEnlightened Zeal examines the fascinating history of the Hudsons Bay Companys involvement in scientific networks during the companys two-hundred year chartered monopoly. Working from the companys voluminous records, Ted Binnema demonstrates the significance of science in the companys corporate strategies.Initially highly secretive about all of its activities, the HBC was by 1870 an exceptionally generous patron of science.

Aware of the ways that a commitment to scientific research could burnish its corporate reputation, the company participated in intricate symbiotic networks that linked the HBC as a corporation with individuals and scientific organizations in England, Scotland, and the United States.

The pursuit of scientific knowledge could bring wealth and influence, along with tribute, fame, and renown, but science also brought less tangible benefits: adventure, health, happiness, male companionship, self-improvement, or a sense of meaning.The first study of scientific research in any chartered company over the entire course of its monopoly, Enlightened Zeal expands our understanding of social networks in science, establishes the vast scope of the HBCs contribution to public knowledge, and will inspire new research into the history of science in other chartered monopolies.



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