List of Figures vi
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
"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
- Sequel to the magisterial Social History of Knowledge, this second edition follows the story from the 1750 publication of the French Encyclopedie to Wikipedia.
- The book is awe-inspiring in both the breadth and range of its contents.
- Divided into three parts, each a model of clarity and accessibility.