Infinite Tropics: An Alfred Russel Wallace Anthology

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Verso, 2002 - 430 pages
Alfred Russel Wallace's reputation has been based on the fact that, at the age of thirty-five and stricken with malaria in the Moluccan Islands, he stumbled independently on the theory of natural selection. Andrew Berry's anthology rescues Wallace's legacy, showing Wallace to be far more than just the co-discoverer of natural selection. Wallace was a brilliant and wide ranging scientist, a passionate social reformer and a gifted writer. The eloquence that has made his The Malay Archipelago a classic of travel writing is a prominent feature too of his extraordinary forward-thinking writing on socialism, imperialism and pacifism. Wallace's opinions on women's suffrage, on land reform, on the roles of church and aristocracy in a parliamentary democracy, on publicly funded education—to name a few of the issues he addressed—remain as fresh and as topical today as they were when they were written.
 

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Contents

A Biographical Sketch
1
A very dull ignorant and uneducated person
2
Journeys
9
Satisfaction Retrospection and Work
16
Gardening and rural walks
19
ANTHOLOGY
27
Science
29
Evolution
31
Uncivilised people
169
Human Evolution
175
Human Improvement
212
Spiritualism and Metaphysics
221
Conversion
223
Spiritualism and Science
235
A World Viewed Through the Lens of Spiritualism
250
Travel
261

The Sarawak Law
32
The Ternate Paper
50
Darwin and Natural Selection
62
Evolution by Natural Selection
69
Agreeing with Darwin
74
Disagreeing with Darwin
77
Genetics
81
Name Selection
86
Beyond Natural Selection
87
Darwinism
105
Biogeography
108
The Amazon
109
Wallaces Line
112
Synthesis
117
Natural History and Conservation
125
The Amazon
127
Southeast Asia
132
Conservation
146
Geography Geology and Glaciology
154
Geology
156
Glaciology
164
Humans
167
Expectations
265
City Life
270
Life in the Field
273
An industrious and persevering traveller
281
Hazardous Voyages
290
American Travels
303
Social Issues
307
Evolution of a Socialist
309
The Land Problem
319
Public Health
333
Institutional Reform
342
Public Education
351
Capitalism and Empire
357
Globalization
368
War and Imperialism
370
Wallace and Darwin
379
Notes
385
Bibliography
413
A Selection of Publications on or about Wallace
418
Index
421
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Andrew Berry is a research associate at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology. He contributes to, among others, the London Review of Books, Nature, Slate and The New York Observer.

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