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Enlightenment inquiries into the weather sought to impose order on a force that had the power to alter human life and social conditions. British Weather and the Climate of Enlightenment 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 climateand#8217;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, beliefs, and practices concerning the weather, Jan Golinski aims to reshape our understanding of the movement and its legacy for modern environmental thinking. With its combination of cultural history and the history of science, British Weather and the Climate of Enlightenment counters the claim that Enlightenment progress set humans against nature, instead revealing that intellectuals of the age drew characteristically modern conclusions about the inextricability of nature and culture.

About the Author

Jan Golinski is professor of history and humanities at the University of New Hampshire and the author of Making Natural Knowledge, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and#8226;and#160; Preface and#8226;and#160;

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1.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Experiencing the Weather in 1703: Observation and Feelingsand#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The and#8220;Exquisite Atmographyand#8221; and Its Author and#8226; The Atmosphere and the Earth and#8226; Clouds in the Head

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2.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Public Weather and the Culture of Enlightenmentand#160;

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3.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Recording and Forecastingand#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Discipline of the Diary and#8226; The Calendar and the Seasons and#8226; Forecasting by the Heavens

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4.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Barometers of Enlightenmentand#160;

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5.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Sensibility and Climatic Pathologyand#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Hippocratic Revival and#8226; Aerial Sensitivity and Social Change and#8226; The Politics of Atmospheric Reform

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6.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Climate and Civilizationand#160;

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Enlightenment Debate on Climate and#8226; Medicine and the Colonial Situation and#8226; America: Climate and Destiny

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Notes and#8226;and#160; Bibliography and#8226;and#160; Index and#8226;

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226302058
Author:
Golinski, Jan
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Subject:
Meteorology
Subject:
History
Subject:
Weather
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Climatology
Subject:
History of Science-General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20111115
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 halftones
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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