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Alexander Dallas Bache

Building the American Nation through Science and Education in the Nineteenth Century

Axel Jansen

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Axel Jansen, Alexander Dallas Bache (2011), Campus Frankfurt / New York, 60486 Frankfurt/Main, ISBN: 9783593410463

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Axel Jansen, PD Dr., lehrt an den Universitäten in Tübingen und Frankfurt am Main.

Beschreibung / Abstract

Alexander Dallas Bache war der Architekt des amerikanischen Wissenschaftssystems im 19. Jahrhundert, ein amerikanischer Wilhelm
von Humboldt. Als die USA im Bürgerkrieg zu zerbrechen drohten, gelang Bache 1863 die Gründung der »National Academy of
Sciences«. Im Namen der Wissenschaft schuf Bache damit ein Zeichen für den Fortbestand der Nation. Auf originelle Weise verknüpft
Axel Jansen Biografieanalyse mit Wissenschafts- und Politikgeschichte.


  • Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • The Curious Case of Alexander Dallas Bache
  • The Revised Theory of Professionalization
  • Science as a Profession and the American Nation-State
  • Approach and Methodology
  • Investigative Agenda
  • Family Background
  • The Franklin and Bache Families
  • The Dallas Family
  • Tertium Quid
  • Sophia Dallas Bache
  • Richard Bache’s Failure
  • A Career in Science?
  • West Point
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • National Purpose
  • Early Research and Institutional Development
  • Scientist or Administrator?
  • Bache at the University of Pennsylvania
  • The Urban Setting
  • The Franklin Institute’s Raison d’Être
  • The Report on Steam Boiler Explosions
  • Weights and Measures
  • The Debate on Meteor Showers
  • Research Interests and Institutional Development: Common Denominators
  • Girard College and Central High School, 1836–1842
  • Girard College as a Political Symbol
  • The Design and Ambition of Greek Revivalism
  • Bache’s European Trip and the Bache-Biddle Correspondence
  • More on Bache’s European Tour
  • Central High School
  • Bache’s Program for National Consolidation I
  • Bache’s 1842 Address on “American Manufactures”
  • American Mythology
  • Prospects for Consolidating the American Nation
  • “This Most August Sovereign”
  • Elites in the American Republic
  • Bache’s Program for National Consolidation II
  • The United States Coast Survey
  • The National Institute
  • Bache’s Speech at the 1844 Meeting of the National Institute
  • European Conditions
  • Guarding the Palladium
  • American Science by an American Union
  • Bache’s Program for National Consolidation III
  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Bache’s 1851 Speech as Outgoing AAAS President
  • Bache, Benjamin Peirce, and the Lazzaroni in 1854
  • A National Club
  • “The Dark Prospect Appalls Me”
  • “A Victory for the Evil One”
  • President of an Invisible National Academy
  • The 1863 Founding of the National Academy of Sciences
  • The Timing
  • The Bache-Lieber Correspondence
  • “Ignorant of Scriptural Injunctions”
  • More on the Bache-Lieber Correspondence
  • The Founding of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Conclusion
  • A New Paradigm for Writing the History of Nineteenth-Century American Science as a Profession
  • Coordinates of Alexander Dallas Bache’s Career
  • Figures
  • Selected Bibliography
  • 1. Manuscripts and Archival Material
  • 2. Printed Primary Sources
  • 3. Books and Articles
  • Index

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