Book ID: 101873
The Botanical Garden of Brussels (1826 - 1912). Reflection of a Changing Nation. 2012. illus. 312 p. 4to. Hardcover.
The importance of Botanic Gardens is often overlooked and books ontheir histories are rare. Botanic gardens were, and still are, closelylinked to the society that created them. During the nineteenthcentury they were regarded as markers of modernity and nationalscientific drive in European cities and countries. Today, gardens focusto a greater extent on the conservation of plants in addition to theirtraditional research on floristics and taxonomy. The author used the rich, previously unstudied archives of the Garden and unveils howeconomic and social conditions; philosophical, political and scientificarguments; colonization and plant collectors; psychology and ego's,among many other causes that fashion a society, actually played a rolein the development of the Garden as a scientific intitute. The result isan uncommon and fscinating book that sheds light on the history of aworld - class scientific institution.