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978-1-85984-478-6 / 9781859844786

Infinite Tropics: An Alfred Russel Wallace Anthology

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Publisher:Verso

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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Alfred Russel Wallaces reputation has been based on the fact that, at age thirty-five and stricken with malaria in the Moluccan Islands, he stumbled independently upon on the theory of natural selection. Andrew Berrys anthology rescues Wallaces legacy, showing Wallace to be far more than just the co-discoverer of natural selection. Wallace was a brilliant and wide-ranging scientist, a passionate social reformer and a gifted writer. The eloquence that has made his The Malay Archipelago a classic of travel writing is a prominent feature too of his extraordinarily forward-thinking writing on socialism, imperialism and pacifism. Wallaces opinions on womens suffrage, on land reform, on the roles of the church and aristocracy in a parliamentary democracy, on publicly funded educationto name a few of the issues he addressedremain as fresh and as topical today as they were when they were written.

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