Peter Burke's A Social History of Knowledge II: From the Encyclopaedia to PDF

By Peter Burke

ISBN-10: 0745650422

ISBN-13: 9780745650425

ISBN-10: 0745650430

ISBN-13: 9780745650432

Peter Burke follows up his magisterial Social historical past of Knowledge, opting for up the place the 1st quantity left off round 1750 on the book of the French Encyclopédie and following the tale via to Wikipedia. just like the earlier quantity, it bargains a social historical past (or a retrospective sociology of information) within the feel that it focuses no longer on members yet on teams, associations, collective practices and common traits.

The e-book is split into three elements. the 1st argues that actions which seem to be undying - collecting wisdom, analysing, disseminating and using it - are in truth time-bound and take diversified types in numerous sessions and locations. the second one half attempts to counter the tendency to put in writing a triumphalist heritage of the 'growth' of information via discussing losses of information and the cost of specialization. The 3rd half deals geographical, sociological and chronological overviews, contrasting the adventure of centres and peripheries and arguing that every of the most tendencies of the interval - professionalization, secularization, nationalization, democratization, and so forth, coexisted and interacted with its opposite.

As ever, Peter Burke provides a breath-taking variety of scholarship in prose of exemplary readability and accessibility. This hugely expected moment quantity may be crucial examining around the humanities and social sciences.

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