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Africa as a Living Laboratory: Empire, Development, and the Problem of Scientific Knowledge, 1870-1950

Helen Tilley


Tropical Africa was one of the last regions of the world to experience formal European colonialism, a process that coincided with the advent of a range of new scientific specialties and research methods. This book studies the relationship between imperialism and the role of scientific expertise—environmental, medical, racial, and anthropological—in the colonization of British Africa. A key source for the author's analysis is the African Research Survey, a project undertaken in the 1930s to explore how modern science was being applied to African problems. This project both embraced and recommen ... More

Keywords: European colonialism, imperialism, environmental science, medical science, racial science, anthropology, African Research Survey, interdisciplinary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226803463
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226803487.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Tilley, author