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The Community of Cosmo

in The Passage to Cosmos

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780226871820
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226871844 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226871844.003.0007
The Community of Cosmo

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This chapter begins with a description of the work of Franz Boas, the German anthropologist who brought Humboldt's ideas back to the United States and used them to remake American anthropology, becoming in the process “one of the most influential figures in the history of the social sciences.” It then discusses Humboldt's book, Cosmos, followed by an analysis of his message to its readers.

Keywords: Alexander von Humboldt; Franz Boas; American anthropology

Chapter.  19105 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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