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Routledge Studies in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine


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Routledge Studies in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine aims to stimulate research in the field, concentrating on the twentieth century. It seeks to contribute to our understanding of science, technology and medicine as they are embedded in society, exploring the links between the subjects on the one hand and the cultural, economic, political and institutional contexts of their genesis and development on the other. Within this framework, and while not favouring any particular methodological approach, the series welcomes studies which examine relations between science, technology, medicine and society in new ways, e.g. the social construction of technologies, large technical systems etc.

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Medicine and Justice: Medico-Legal Practice in England and Wales, 1700–1914

Medicine and Justice: Medico-Legal Practice in England and Wales, 1700–1914

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Katherine D. Watson
December 20, 2019

This monograph makes a major new contribution to the historiography of criminal justice in England and Wales, by focusing on the intersection of the history of law and crime with medical history. It does this through the lens provided by one group of historical actors, medical professionals who...

Social Class and Mental Illness in Northern Europe

Social Class and Mental Illness in Northern Europe

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Petteri Pietikäinen, Jesper Vaczy Kragh
October 25, 2019

This book examines the relationship between social class and mental illness in Northern Europe during the 20th century. Contributors explore the socioeconomic status of mental patients, the possible influence of social class on the diagnoses and treatment they received in psychiatric institutions,...

Politics, Statistics and Weather Forecasting, 1840-1910: Taming the Weather

Politics, Statistics and Weather Forecasting, 1840-1910: Taming the Weather

1st Edition

Aitor Anduaga
July 16, 2019

Weather forecasting is the most visible branch of meteorology and has its modern roots in the nineteenth century when scientists redefined meteorology in the way weather forecasts were made, developing maps of isobars, or lines of equal atmospheric pressure, as the main forecasting tool. This book...

Medical Memories and Experiences in Postwar East Germany: Treatments of the Past

Medical Memories and Experiences in Postwar East Germany: Treatments of the Past

1st Edition

Markus Wahl
June 13, 2019

This book draws on the example of the major cities of Leipzig and Dresden to illustrate continuity and change in public health in the German Democratic Republic. Based on archival work, it will demonstrate how members of the medical profession successfully manipulated their pre-1945 past in order...

Cold Science: Environmental Knowledge in the North American Arctic during the Cold War

Cold Science: Environmental Knowledge in the North American Arctic during the Cold War

1st Edition

Stephen Bocking, Daniel Heidt
March 12, 2019

Science during the Cold War has become a matter of lively interest within the historical research community, attracting the attention of scholars concerned with the history of science, the Cold War, and environmental history. The Arctic—recognized as a frontier of confrontation between the...

Pioneering Health in London, 1935-2000: The Peckham Experiment

Pioneering Health in London, 1935-2000: The Peckham Experiment

1st Edition

David Kuchenbuch
November 02, 2018

The Peckham Experiment, conducted between 1935 and 1950 in the London Pioneer Health Centre, was one of the most talked-about social experiments of the 20th century. Families from the South London neighbourhood of Peckham were invited to use the facilities of a radiantly modern building. They were...

Soviet Science and Engineering in the Shadow of the Cold War

Soviet Science and Engineering in the Shadow of the Cold War

1st Edition

Hiroshi Ichikawa
October 19, 2018

The 1950s were a vital time in the history of science. In accordance with the intensification of the Cold War, many scientific talents were mobilized to several military-related research and development projects not only in the United States, but also in the Soviet Union. Contrary to the...

Urban Histories of Science: Making Knowledge in the City, 1820-1940

Urban Histories of Science: Making Knowledge in the City, 1820-1940

1st Edition

Oliver Hochadel, Agustí Nieto-Galan
September 26, 2018

This book tells ten urban histories of science from nine cities—Athens, Barcelona, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Dublin (2 articles), Glasgow, Helsinki, Lisbon, and Naples—situated on the geographical margins of Europe and beyond. Ranging from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries, the ...

Health Policies in Interwar Europe: A Transnational Perspective

Health Policies in Interwar Europe: A Transnational Perspective

1st Edition

Josep L. Barona
August 10, 2018

Research into public health policies and expert instruction has been oriented traditionally in the national context. There is a rich historiography that analyses the development of health policies and systems in various European and American countries during the first decades of the twentieth...

Johann Friedrich Blumenbach: Race and Natural History, 1750–1850

Johann Friedrich Blumenbach: Race and Natural History, 1750–1850

1st Edition

Nicolaas Rupke, Gerhard Lauer
July 12, 2018

The major significance of the German naturalist-physician Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752–1840) as a topic of historical study is the fact that he was one of the first anthropologists to investigate humankind as part of natural history. Moreover, Blumenbach was, and continues to be, a central...

Closing the Door on Globalization: Internationalism, Nationalism, Culture and Science in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Closing the Door on Globalization: Internationalism, Nationalism, Culture and Science in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

1st Edition

Cláudia Ninhos, Fernando Clara
October 10, 2017

This is a book about the tensions and entangled interactions between internationalism and nationalism, and about the effects both had on European scientific and cultural settings from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. From chemistry to philology the essays tackle different historical...

Spatializing the History of Ecology: Sites, Journeys, Mappings

Spatializing the History of Ecology: Sites, Journeys, Mappings

1st Edition

Raf de Bont, Jens Lachmund
June 27, 2017

Throughout its history, the discipline of ecology has always been profoundly entangled with the history of space and place. On the one hand, ecology is a field science that has thrived on the study of concrete spatial entities, such as islands, forests or rivers. These spaces are the workplaces in...

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