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Science and Polity in France:
The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Years
Charles Coulston Gillispie

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"Gillispie's argument is simple and elegant . . . the research is flawless, and every page exudes erudition. . . . He has left few--if any--stones unturned in accomplishing this magisterial work."--Eric A. Arnold, Jr., History

"[This] new book is a superbly researched, challenging and provocative reconstruction of the decades from 1770 to 1820 when, in Gillispie's words, France could boast 'a larger scientific population than the rest of Europe put together.'. . . Here . . . is impeccable scholarship as well as clarity of style, footnotes opening up scores of research projects, and a few of the idiosyncrasies for which Gillispie is famous and which, it should be mentioned do not fall into an easy hero-worship mood. . . . [T]he book offers the best account written so far of science during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic years."--Pietro Corsi, British Journal for the History of Science

"This much anticipated, magisterial second volume of Gillispies's Science and Polity in France at the End of the Old Regime . . . [is] a powerful chronicle of the social engagements of the natural sciences during the pivotal moment when they first took on modern political responsibilities."--Jessica Riskin, Modern History


"A masterpiece of thorough research, this is a major work of scholarship by one of the great historians of our time and quite possibly the most distinguished of a distinguished generation of historians of science. It is thoroughly original and written with grace and clarity. The book ought to be fundamental not only for historians of science, but for anyone who wishes to appreciate the events and significance of the French Revolution."--Theodore M. Porter, author of Karl Pearson: The Scientific Life in a Statistical Age

"A remarkable piece of work and a worthy sequel to Science and Polity in France: The End of the Old Regime. Written in an elegant and punchy style, the book is sustained by a strong thesis that will interest a wide range of historians. It will also be seen, like the previous volume, as an important work of reference. Where else could we find such finely documented accounts of the last year of the Académie des Sciences, of the institutions and personalities of the revolutionary period, or of the introduction of the revolutionary calendar and the metric system?"--Robert Fox, author of Science, Industry, and the Social Order in Post-Revolutionary France

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