376 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 11 halftones, 3 maps
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4047-1
Published: August 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4048-8
Published: June 2018
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Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press
Awards & distinctions
2019 Michael V.R. Thomason Book Award, Gulf South Historical Association
Co-Winner of the Summerlee Book Prize, Center for History and Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast at Lamar University
Frontiers of Science offers a new framework for approaching American intellectual history, one that transcends political and cultural boundaries and reveals persistence across the colonial and national eras. The pursuit of knowledge in the United States did not cohere around democratic politics or the influence of liberty. It was, as in other empires, divided by multiple loyalties and identities, organized through contested hierarchies of ethnicity and place, and reliant on violence. By discovering the lost intellectual history of one region, Strang shows us how to recover a continent for science.
About the Author
Cameron B. Strang is assistant professor of history at the University of Nevada, Reno.
For more information about Cameron B. Strang, visit the Author Page.
“Uses individual case studies to explore the interconnections and intrigue in the Gulf southwest as Americans forced out those competing for control. . . . Recommended.”--Choice Reviews
“[A] powerful and clear-eyed assessment of both the history and historiography of U.S. science . . . . So carefully and thoroughly researched and situated that it is difficult to know how Strang could have added more to this challenging, crucial contribution to the field.”--Western Historical Quarterly
“A superbly researched and original history of science in early America.”--American Historical Review
“Strang unearths enduring legacies of imperialism, slavery, and violence amid a patchwork of shifting allegiances. . . . Frontiers of Science explodes a view of American science drawn from a limited focus on the urban Northeast. . . . A must-read for Americanists and historians of science alike.”--Reviews in American History
“Among the most ambitious and imaginative studies written so far in this budding field of early American history. . . . It took an especially adventurous and versatile historian to cross the national and linguistic boundaries required to reveal the scope, intensity, and specific contours of imperial dependence on American knowledge.”--William and Mary Quarterly
“Detailed, comprehensive . . . Frontiers of Science is at once a history of competing empires and of colorful personalities.”--Journal of Southern History