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A Social History of the Media


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List of illustrationsPrefaceIntroduction Chapter 1: The Print Revolution in Context Chapter 2: The Media and the Public Sphere in Early Modern Europe Chapter 3: From Steam to Electricity Chapter 4: Processes and Patterns Chapter 5: Information, Education, Entertainment Chapter 6: Convergence Chapter 7: Conclusion: Into Cyberspace?ChronologyFurther ReadingIndex

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Asa Briggs was formerly Professor of Worcester College, Oxford and is now Chancellor of the Open University.
Peter Burke is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.


'A masterpiece of compression and synthesis. It manages to omit nothing and yet present itself as something much more readable than a hurried review of a vast terrain. It is thoroughly comprehensive. The styles of the two writers mesh very well together. They have adopted an approach which is partly that of a reference work and partly that of a flowing historical discourse. This work has the virtue of being almost an encyclopaedia and so it will be a vital tool for a wide variety of readers.' Professor Anthony Smith, Magdalen College, University of Oxford

'Recommended for academic libraries needing a general survey of media history ' Library Journal

"An intelligent, scholarly and eminently sensible introduction to the kind of methodological issues it is actually helpful to address" English Historical Review

"A very readable book." European Journal of Communication

"A Social History of the Media is full of illuminating details and quotations. [It] is an ideal textbook for students and a lesson to professional historians that they need to take the media seriously as a subject in its own right." Bert Hogenkamp, IRSH vol. 49 (2004)

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