Russia and the Pacific: expeditions, networks, and the acquisition of human remains
In 1859, the Baltic German anatomist and embryologist Karl Ernst von Baer enthusiastically noted that the Imperial Academy of Sciences in St Petersburg had recently added to its craniological collections a total of ‘83 skulls of different peoples’ donated by Georg Joseph Peitsch, a German-born medical officer stationed with the Dutch armed forces in Batavia (now Jakarta). This single incident demonstrates the extent to which physical anthropology in nineteenth-century Russia was entangled with...[Show more]
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