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The Amsterdam Zoo Artis in the Nineteenth Century
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Table of Contents - 8 Acknowledgments - 10 Introduction: The Nation and Nature in Middle-Class Culture - 12 Chapter 1: Structuring a New Generation’s Scientific Society - 22 Chapter 2: Private Science and the Public Interest - 36 Chapter 3: Internationalizing Nationalist Science - 60 Chapter 4: Science Joins Cultural Life - 92 Conclusion: Science, Colonial Expansion, and National Identity - 126 Appendix: Members of the Artis Board of Directors, 1838-1870 - 132 Notes - 138 List of Illustrations and Color Plates - 174 Bibliography - 178 Index - 202 Color Plates - 210

Donna Mehos

Science and Culture for Members Only

The Amsterdam Zoo Artis in the Nineteenth Century

What role did science play in nineteenth-century Dutch cultural life? This fascinating slice-of-cultural-life book unveils the significance of Artis as both a scientific center and the cultural hub of the city. It links exhibits of exotic animals and colonial artifacts, concerts, scientific research, and social exclusion to the rise of national consciousness among nineteenth-century Dutch middle classes.

The author highlights Dutch society and its efforts to display colonial wealth before it supported what is traditionally seen as high culture. Artis flourished with the help of significant private funding at a time when monumental institutions such as museums and concert halls had yet to appear on the Dutch cultural landscape. Artis was a private institution open to members only that held an unprecedented pride of place in Dutch society.

Donna Mehos

Donna C. Mehos is a senior researcher at the Technical University of Eindhoven.