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Science and the RajA Study of British India$
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Deepak Kumar

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195687149

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195687149.001.0001

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Science in a Colony: Concept and Contours

Science in a Colony: Concept and Contours

(p.1) Chapter 1 Science in a Colony: Concept and Contours
Science and the Raj

Deepak Kumar

Oxford University Press

As an extremely important historical process, colonization had wide-ranging effects on the polity, society, economy, etc. of a colony. Colonial science has often been considered as a dependent science in which the curiosity-oriented research in pure science is heavily superseded by a more result-oriented research in applied science. However, this definition is grossly insufficient. Colonial science is inextricably linked with the whole fabric of colonialism. This chapter discusses the concept and contours of colonial science, focusing on models of colonial science, the metropolis, and imperialism and imperial science. It also examines the role and place of the ‘tools’ or technology and ‘pure’ science in the history of imperialism, and considers pre-colonial science in India.

Keywords:   colonization, colonial science, imperialism, imperial science, metropolis, technology, pre-colonial science, India

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