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Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Weltgeltung.

Die Botanische Zentralstelle für die deutschen Kolonien am Botanischen Garten und Museum Berlin (1891–1920)

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Katja Kaiser

Diese Publikation untersucht die Beziehungen zwischen Wissenschaften und Kolonialismus am Beispiel der Berliner botanischen Einrichtungen. Im Fokus steht die dem Botanischen Garten und Museum angegliederte Botanische Zentralstelle für die deutschen Kolonien. Ihre Tätigkeit bestimmte die Verknüpfung von wirtschaftlichen, wissenschaftlichen und kolonialpolitischen Interessen. Die Studie beschreibt die Aufgabenbereiche der Botanischen Zentralstelle und die Motive der wichtigsten Akteure. Mit der Untersuchung der botanischen Netzwerke leistet sie einen Beitrag zu transimperialen Ansätzen der Kolonialgeschichtsschreibung. Exemplarische Objekt- und Sammlerbiographien widmen sich außerdem eingehend wissenschaftsgeschichtlichen Aspekten und der Aufarbeitung von Provenienzen kolonialer Sammlungen.

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This study investigates the relationship of science with empires by examining Berlins Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum in the era of the German’s Reich colonial expansion. It focuses on the Botanical Research Centre for the German Colonies (Botanische Zentralstelle für die deutschen Kolonien), which was founded on 1 April 1891 at this institution. The Foreign Office had taken the initiative for the establishment of the Botanical Research Centre and funded it jointly with the Prussian Ministry of Education, to which the Botanic Garden and the Botanical Museum were affiliated. The complex conjunctions of economic, scientific and political interests that shaped the activities of the Botanical Research Centre are discussed in detail.

Therefore, the study first considers the historical contexts of the founding and then concentrates on the motives of the key actors, namely the Foreign Office, the Prussian Ministry of Education and the director of the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum. Furthermore, possible connections between the relocation of the botanical institution from the inner city district of Schöneberg to a more spacious location at Berlins outskirts in Dahlem and its newly assigned colonial tasks are investigated. Also of interest are the role and function of the colonial fields of activity within the botanical institutions as a whole. Then, the colonial tasks of the Botanical Research Centre are examined in detail, focussing on how they were institutionalised and how they developed. Thereby, the global networks in which the Botanical Research Centre operated become visible and the circulation...

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