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Anne Goldgar. Ph.D. from Harvard University. Professor of Early Modern History at King's College London, University of London.
Descartes Theme Group Fellow (Jan, Feb, March 2017)
From the middle of the sixteenth century, Dutch traders and trading companies increasingly gathered knowledge to aid their commercial activities, producing networks of knowledge as well as of the exchange of goods. One focus of this activity was the Arctic, both for trade – with Russia, but also efforts to find a northeast passage to China – and for whaling. This project investigates this information-gathering within the context of arguments in the history of science about observation, while at the same time thinking about the commercial element of this empirical activity. It also considers the commodification of the information, in particular through printed voyage literature and its popularization.
Anne Goldgar (1995) Impolite Learning: Conduct and Community in the Republic of Letters 1685-1750; New Haven CT: Yale University Press
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