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Twentieth Century Reading Group

The group discusses books and papers relating to the history and historiography of 20th-century science, technology and medicine, broadly construed. We meet on Thursdays, 1pm to 2pm in the Board Room. Organised by Susanne Schmidt, Mary Brazelton, Helen Curry and Richard Staley.

Everyone is welcome – feel free to bring along your lunch.

Lent Term 2017

In Lent, we'll be reading:

19 January

Dana Simmons, The Vital Minimum: Need, Science and Politics in Modern France, Chicago 2015
Introduction, Chapters 4 & 7 ('Family, Race, Type', 'Science of Man')

26 January

Sigrid Schmalzer, Red Revolution, Green Revolution: Scientific Farming in Socialist China, Chicago 2016
Chapters 4 & 5 ('Chinese Peasants: "Experience" and "Backwardness"', 'Seeing Like a State Agent')

16 February

David Biggs, Quagmire: Nation-Building and Nature in the Mekong Delta, Seattle 2012
Introduction & Chapter 5 ('Modernization')

23 February

Nayanika Mathur, Paper Tiger: Law, Bureaucracy, and the Developmental State in Himalayan India, Cambridge 2015
Introduction, Chapters 2 & 6 ('The State Life of Law', 'The Reign of Terror of the Big Cat')