The Untold Story of Carnegie’s Prized Dinosaur and Its Influence on European Culture
A Nuanced Analysis of Perceptions about the Relationship between Evolutionary Science, Religion, and Personal Belief
How Ordinary People in Poland Experienced the Last Months of World War II and the First Months of Peace
The First Comprehensive Examination of Chicago’s Environmental History from Indigenous Peoples to Twenty-First Century Environmental Restoration
Winner of the 2019 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize.
A New Poem from the Author of The Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude and The Book of Delights
Winner of the 2019 Drue Heinz Prize for Literature, selected by Min Jin Lee
Winner of the Frank Watson Prize in Scottish History, 2011
The relationship between science and civil society is essential to our understanding of cultural change during the Victorian era. Science was frequently packaged as an appropriate form of civic culture, inculcating virtues necessary for civic progress. In turn, civic culture was presented as an appropriate context for enabling and supporting scientific progress. Finnegan’s study looks at the shifting nature of this process during the nineteenth century, using Scotland as the focus for his argument. Considerations of class, religion and gender are explored, illuminating changing social identities as public interest in science was allowed—even encouraged—beyond the environs of universities and elite metropolitan societies.