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List of Figures vi Acknowledgements viii Introduction 1 Part I Knowledge Practices 9 1 Gathering Knowledges 11 2 Analysing Knowledges 50 3 Disseminating Knowledges 85 4 Employing Knowledges 109 Part II The Price of Progress 137 5 Losing Knowledges 139 6 Dividing Knowledges 160 Part III A Social History in Three Dimensions 185 7 Geographies of Knowledge 187 8 Sociologies of Knowledge 218 9 Chronologies of Knowledge 247 Notes 276 References 300 Index 335
Peter Burke is Professor Emeritus of Cultural History at the University of Cambridge.
"A glittering cabinet of intellectual curiosities, a systematic study of the collecting, analysing, disseminating, storing, accessing, using and losing of knowledge in the western world from the mid-18th century to the 'information overload' of today ... Within this treasure chest there beats an endearingly human heart; one warms to an exemplary scholar who expresses the earnest hope that readers 'will not feel that I have contributed to information overload as well as discussing it'." History Today "In this remarkable tour de force Peter Burke paints a big picture of the history of knowledge in the West since 1750. His expert synthesis, which includes many kinds of general facts and figures, delves with nuance into counter-trends as well as trends and highlights a wealth of telling examples from a vast range of places and fields of academic and government inquiry. An invaluable guide for expert and novice alike." Ann Blair, Harvard University "Written with the ease of erudition, A Social History of Knowledge II is at once a thought-provoking essay on the character of our information age and a new cartography of its many territories. From agrochemistry to zoology, fingerprints to filing cabinets, it is encyclopedic, curious, and exhilarating to read." Daniel Rosenberg, University of Oregon