This was the second workshop in a series that forms part of an international collaboration dedicated to revising our understanding of the history of chemistry during the crucial period 1760-1840. How was chemistry - a set of dynamically evolving practices and knowledge - interactively involved in ongoing industrial developments across and beyond Europe during an age often labeled 'the industrial revolution'? How did chemistry and chemists interact with developments in the complex realm of governance during a period that felt the deep impacts of revolution and reform? What can be gained by investigating materials as multi-faceted actors whose active presence was part of this unfolding history? Participants met to discuss these questions and the underlying relations among their answers. The Workshop has been organized thanks to the financial support of Oxford Brookes University, University of Twente, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), Museo Galileo (Florence) and the Regione Toscana

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