n Kleio - The politics of science and imperialism : debate piece




Extracted from text ... DEBATE PIECE The politics of science and imperialism Pieter Fourie* They are landing with rulers, squares, compasses, Sextants White skin fair eyes, naked word and thin lips Thunder on their ships. ? Le?opold Senghor, Ethiopiques INTRODUCTION A discussion concerning the economic, social or political position of any one state or group of states vis-a?-vis others is historically bound. In saying this, a dialectic in terms of political historicism is implicitly stated. In this article, I will delineate such a political history of the interaction between science and imperialism. The concepts central to the discussion ? `science' and `imperialism' ? ..


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