'Moritz von Brescius takes us to the heart of the fraught encounter between nineteenth-century science and power. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, he follows his fascinating protagonists through a world undergoing a process of globalisation that was as much about conflict as it was about connectivity. A brilliant and engagingly written case study of transnational science in the age of empire.'
Christopher Clark - University of Cambridge
‘This book is the definitive study of an extraordinary expedition. As well as telling the story of the Schlagintweit mission from a variety of perspectives, Moritz von Brescius situates it in the wider context of relations between imperial science, patronage and the state. This book will be required reading for historians of science and empire in Britain, Germany and South Asia.'
Felix Driver - Royal Holloway, University of London
‘… it is evidence of the worth of von Brescius’ contribution that it is certain to serve as a starting point for further research into the varied scientific and cultural legacies of the Schlagintweits’ venture.’
‘… a real joy … meticulously researched and cast in elegant prose.’
Source: German Historical Institute London Bulletin
‘The author’s work is an ambitious undertaking and, it must be said, a successful one. German Science in the Age of Empire is engagingly written and impressively researched … this book is highly recommended.’
Bodie A. Ashton
Source: Journal of World History
‘It is … unquestionably a significant contribution to the history of science in modern Europe and the history of European imperialism-it is, in fact, an important illustration of how they are inextricably linked.’
Nicholas A. Germana
Source: The American Historical Review