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Eighteenth-century states drew on a new breed of experts to help with the business of government, from controlling populations to digging mines. Between 1600 and 1800, these scientific and technical experts and transformed the government of citizens across the world, from Europe to Asia.
- ‘Scientific expertise, politics and money always go together’. Discuss.
- 'The concept of ‘population’ is an Enlightenment invention.' Discuss.
- What does the Enlightenment ideal of ‘happiness for all’ has to do with scientific expertise’?
- What did scientific expertise actually involve in the late 17th and 18th century?
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