Science and Power in Colonial Mauritius

Science and Power in Colonial Mauritius

William Kelleher Storey


University of Rochester Press



An analysis of the historical and scientific effects of technology transfer from an imperial to colonial setting.
Science and Power in Colonial Mauritius examines, within the context of the history of sugarcane production in Mauritius, the cross-cultural debates about the production and dissemination of science and technology from "developed" to "less-developed" countries and from elites to peasants within these countries. The book also shows in great detail that the history of science, technology, and colonialism can shed light on contemporary problems in natural resource management and global policy making.


This book is admirable for the subtlety yet clarity of its argument, for the density of underlying archival research, and for the breadth of its historiographical span. --AGRICULTURAL HISTORY

Very carefully exciting and original book. --COMMONWEALTH AND COMPARATIVE POLITICS

Thoroughly researched and carefully constructed...Storey's monograph provides a valuable addition to the growing literature on processes central to the making of the modern world. --AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW

(Science and Power in Colonial Mauritius) fills an important gap in the emerging historiographical literature on this little-known island. --HISTORY

A rich and vivid history...may be read with profit by many kinds of historians. --ISIS

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