By Peter Burke
The e-book is split into three elements. the 1st argues that actions which seem to be undying - accumulating wisdom, analysing, disseminating and making use of it - are actually time-bound and take varied kinds in numerous sessions and locations. the second one half attempts to counter the tendency to write down a triumphalist background of the 'growth' of information via discussing losses of information and the cost of specialization. The 3rd half bargains geographical, sociological and chronological overviews, contrasting the adventure 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 provides a breath-taking variety of scholarship in prose of exemplary readability and accessibility. This hugely expected moment quantity should be crucial analyzing around the humanities and social sciences.
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