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British Weather and the Climate of Enlightenment

Jan Golinski


Enlightenment inquiries into the weather sought to impose order on a force that had the power to alter human life and social conditions. This book reveals how a new sense of the national climate emerged in the eighteenth century from the systematic recording of the weather, and how it was deployed in discussions of the health and welfare of the population. Enlightened intellectuals hailed climate's role in the development of civilization but acknowledged that human existence depended on natural forces that would never submit to rational control. Reading the Enlightenment through the ideas, bel ... More

Keywords: Enlightenment, weather, social conditions, national climate, eighteenth century, health, welfare, civilization, cultural history, history of science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226302058
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226302065.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Golinski, author