Africa as a Living Laboratory: Empire, Development, and the by Helen Tilley

By Helen Tilley

Tropical Africa used to be one of many final areas of the realm to event formal ecu colonialism, a procedure that coincided with the appearance of various new medical specialties and learn tools. Africa as a residing Laboratory is a far-reaching examine of the thorny dating among imperialism and the position of medical expertise—environmental, scientific, racial, and anthropological—in the colonization of British Africa.

A key resource for Helen Tilley’s research is the African learn Survey, a venture undertaken within the Thirties to discover how sleek technology was once being utilized to African difficulties. This venture either embraced and prompt an interdisciplinary method of examine on Africa that, Tilley argues, underscored the heterogeneity of African environments and the interrelations one of the difficulties being studied. whereas the purpose of British colonialists used to be undoubtedly to rework and modernize Africa, their efforts, Tilley contends, have been usually without notice subverted by means of medical issues with the neighborhood and vernacular. Meticulously researched and gracefully argued, Africa as a residing Laboratory transforms our knowing of imperial heritage, colonial improvement, and the position technology performed in both.

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