A Social History of Knowledge II: From the Encyclopaedia to by Peter Burke

By Peter Burke

Peter Burke follows up his magisterial Social historical past of Knowledge, deciding on up the place the 1st quantity left off round 1750 on the e-book of the French Encyclopédie and following the tale via to Wikipedia. just like the earlier quantity, it bargains a social background (or a retrospective sociology of information) within the feel that it focuses now not on participants yet on teams, associations, collective practices and basic tendencies.

The ebook is split into three components. the 1st argues that actions which seem to be undying - collecting wisdom, analysing, disseminating and making use of it - are actually time-bound and take various varieties in numerous classes and areas. the second one half attempts to counter the tendency to put in writing a triumphalist heritage of the 'growth' of data by means of discussing losses of information and the cost of specialization. The 3rd half deals geographical, sociological and chronological overviews, contrasting the event of centres and peripheries and arguing that every of the most traits of the interval - professionalization, secularization, nationalization, democratization, and so on, coexisted and interacted with its opposite.

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

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