Pt. 1. Space and structures of power - Charles Doughty's quest and crusade in Arabia deserta / Catherine Delmas - 'A perfect map of Palestine' (1872-1880) : biblical geography, intelligence and prophecy / Stéphanie Prévost - Cartography in the age of science : the mapping of Ireland in the nineteenth century / Valérie Morisson - pt. 2. Classifying plant and human species - Western science, colonisation and reification : a case study of the utilitarian use of botany in David Malouf's Remembering Babylon / Christine Vandamme - The discourse of empiricism and the legitimization of empire / Anne Le Guellec - Skeletons in the cupboard : imperial science and the collection and museumization of indigenous remains / Sheila Collingwood-Whittick - Science and the American empire : the American school of anthropology and the justification of expansionism / Donna Spalding Andréolle and Susanne Berthier Foglar - pt. 3. Science and political discourse - A 'republic of science'? The role of science in Thomas Jefferson's imperial vision / Mehdi Achouche - Scientific rhetoric and the American empire / Jean-Marie Ruiz - pt. 4. Popularising science - The first dinosaurs and changing museum paradigms in America / Mark Meigs - Popular evolutionism and the ethics of progress / Richard Somerset - pt. 5. Science and spirituality - The edifying fold : discomfort with technology in the Jesuits' Letters from America / Frédéric Dorel - Questioning the empire of science : John Muir's epistemological modesty / Jean-Daniel Collomb.