Hist7360: Web 0.1: Early Modern Information Culture, c. 1450-1750
Teacher: Matthew Symonds
It is a truism that we live in an information society. However politicians, the media, and everyday common sense tend to present this as if it is an entirely new and unprecedented state of affairs. This module seeks to historicise the concept of the information society through the study of the cultural and intellectual history of early modern Europe. The rediscovery and popularisation of classical learning, the explosion of printed material, and the birth of a modern concept of scientific knowledge presented a challenge to scholars and states across Europe: how to organise, use, and share information in an age where there was – in the words of Ann Blair – “too much to know”.
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