Africa as a Living Laboratory: Empire, Development, and the by Helen Tilley

By Helen Tilley

Tropical Africa was once one of many final areas of the realm to event formal ecu colonialism, a technique that coincided with the arrival of a variety of new clinical specialties and examine tools. Africa as a dwelling Laboratory is a far-reaching examine of the thorny dating among imperialism and the function of clinical expertise—environmental, scientific, racial, and anthropological—in the colonization of British Africa.

A key resource for Helen Tilley’s research is the African study Survey, a undertaking undertaken within the Thirties to discover how sleek technology was once being utilized to African difficulties. This venture either embraced and prompt an interdisciplinary method of examine on Africa that, Tilley argues, underscored the heterogeneity of African environments and the interrelations one of the difficulties being studied. whereas the purpose of British colonialists used to be undoubtedly to rework and modernize Africa, their efforts, Tilley contends, have been frequently abruptly subverted through medical issues with the neighborhood and vernacular. Meticulously researched and gracefully argued, Africa as a dwelling Laboratory transforms our figuring out of imperial historical past, colonial improvement, and the position technological know-how performed in both.

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