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FB-57867-14

Andreas W. Daum
SUNY Research Foundation, Buffalo State College (Buffalo, NY 14222-1004)

Alexander von Humboldt and the Emergence of the Modern World

My book project features the world-renowned naturalist, traveler, and scholar Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859). It situates Humboldt's life and oeuvre in the context of the emergence of the modern world between circa 1760 and 1860. Humboldt lived and articulated, so my study argues, the dramatic transformations that changed the European and Atlantic worlds during this seminal period. He made a difference in mapping the world, promoting inter-cultural dialogue, and cultivating a particular style of observation that blended natural history and human history. By using a biographical prism to analyze the historical processes that generated the modern world, this project offers a novel contribution to Atlantic and European history as well as the history of knowledge and civil society in a transnational perspective. It speaks to scholars and students across the disciplines as well as to a general audience.

Project fields:
European History; History of Science; History, General

Program:
Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$42,000 (approved)
$42,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2014 – 5/31/2015