9780754653219

Science, Politics and Business in the Work of Sir John Lubbock: A Man of Universal Mind

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  • ISBN13:

    9780754653219

  • ISBN10:

    0754653218

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-04-28
  • Publisher: Ashgate (AGH)

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Summary

Sir John Lubbock (18341913), first Lord Avebury, was a leading figure in the scientific, political and economic world of Victorian Britain, and his life provides an illuminating case study into the ways that these different facets were interlinked during the nineteenth century. Born into a Kent banking family, Lubbock's education was greatly influenced by his neighbour, Charles Darwin, and after the publication of The Origin of Species, he was one of his most vocal supporters. A pioneer of both entomology and archaeology and a successful author, Lubbock also ran the family bank from 1865 until his death in 1913, and served as a Liberal MP from 1870 until his ennoblement in 1900. In all these roles he proved extremely successful, but it is the inter-relations between science, politics and business that forms the core of this book. In particular it explores the way in which Lubbock acted as a link between the scientific worlds of Darwin, Huxley and Tyndall, the political world of Gladstone and Chamberlain and the business world of Edison and Carnegie. By tying these threads together this study shows the important role Lubbock played in defining and popularising the Victorian ideal of progress and its relationship to society, culture and Empire. Contents: Introduction: a man of universal mind. Part I Darwin's Apprentice, 183460: A large insect under a glass; A tendency to progression; The war of science and religion. Part II Man of Stone, 186169: The three ages; Prehistoric times; A steady progress. Part III Saint Lubbock's Days, 187085: A holiday by Act of Parliament!; Opposition benches; The embrace of Empire; Weep not for death; Remarriage. Part IV A Noble and Glorious Unity, 1886-1913: The parting of ways; The duty of happiness; The politest reactionary; 'Shoulder to shoulder with the gallant men of Ulster'; The sins of Saint Lubbock; A League of International Peace and Goodwill. Bibliography; Index. About the Author: Dr Mark Patton is Dean of the Harrow Business School at the University of Westminster, UK.

Author Biography

Mark Patton is Dean of the Harrow Business School at the University of Westminster, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction: a man of universal mind
Darwin's Apprentice, 1834-60: A large insect under a glass
A tendency to progression
The war of science and religion
Man of Stone, 1861-69: The three ages
Prehistoric times
A steady progress
Saint Lubbock's Days, 1870-85: A holiday by Act of Parliament!
Opposition benches
The embrace of Empire
Weep not for death
Remarriage
A Noble and Glorious Unity, 1886-1913: The parting of ways
The duty of happiness
The politest reactionary
'Shoulder to shoulder with the gallant men of Ulster'
The sins of Saint Lubbock
A League of International Peace and Goodwill
Bibliography
Index
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