Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

The VOC And Swedish Natural History: The Transmission Of Scientific Knowledge In The Eighteenth Century

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter shows how Swedish involvement with the VOC fed and informed Swedish natural history. It points to the exchanges of scientific knowledge made possible by Sweden's position as a politically neutral but scientifically prestigious nation. In these scientific networks the Swedes came to acquire a unique role as intermediaries between the Dutch and the British, at a time when botany became an increasingly important tool of colonial expansion. The close scientific contacts between Sweden and Holland had roots in the intimate economic and cultural links, which had developed between the two countries during the seventeenth century. The rise of Carl Linnaeus to the position as one of Europe's leading scientists was closely linked to Sweden's new economic prosperity and political stability, which followed the end of the Great Nordic War at the beginning of the eighteenth century.

Keywords: British; Carl Linnaeus; Dutch; Holland; Swedish natural history; Voc



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Dutch Trading Companies as Knowledge Networks — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation