This module seeks to historicise the concept of the information society through the study of the cultural and intellectual history of early modern Europe.
It is a truism that we live in an information society and that this is a new and unprecedented state of affairs. 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”.
Assessment: One 4000 word essay (100%)
Coursework should be submitted via the Moodle course, and according to the deadlines set out therein.