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Part I. Exploration, Science and Literature: 1. Sir Joseph Banks and his Networks 2. Tahiti in London London in Tahiti: tools of power 3. Indian flowers and Romantic Orientalism 4. Mental travellers: Banks, African exploration and the Romantic imagination 5. Banks, Bligh, and the breadfruit: slave plantations, tropical islands and the rhetoric of Romanticism 6. Exploration, headhunting and race theory: the skull beneath the skin 7. Theories of terrestrial magnetism and the search for the poles Part II. British Science and Literature in the Context of Empire: 8. 'Man electrified man': Romantic revolution and the legacy of Benjamin Franklin 9. The beast within: vaccination, romanticism and the Jenneration of disease 10. Britain's little black boys and the technologies of benevolence Conclusion.