Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Exotic Botany

Gail Alexandra Cook
University of Hong Kong
Discusses the conflicting interests of botanist Jean-Jacques Rousseau between the advocacy of the cultivation of local crops and his fascination for the botanical study of exotic plants. Possible motivation behind Rousseau's interest in the botany of West Indies; Efforts done by Rousseau in his study of exotic plants; Attitude of Rousseau towards colonialism that exploited nature on non-European cultures.
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