Preface and Acknowledgements.
1. Sociologies and Histories of Knowledge: an Introduction.
2. Professing Knowledge: the European Clerisy.
3. Establishing Knowledge: Institutions Old and New.
4. Locating Knowledge: Centres and Peripheries.
Classifying Knowledge: Curricula, Libraries and Encyclopaedias.
6. Controlling Knowledge: Churches and States.
7. Selling Knowledge: the Market and the Press.
8. Acquiring Knowledge: The Reader's Share.
9. Trusting and Distrusting Knowledge; a Coda.
'Peter Burke is an exceptional historian: a polyglot, at home in a dozen languages; an intellectual, who is well versed in theoretical developments adjacent to history; a superb expositor, with the capacity to distil his findings in unpretentious and limpidly accessible prose; and an author of unflagging vitality, whose prolific studies in the cultural history of early modern Europe and in modern historiography constitute a formidable oeuvre ... He has succeeded in producing a balanced, judicious and highly stimulating work of synthesis. His book will be an indispensable starting point for years to come.' Keith Thomas, History Today
'Burke has made a significant contribution to cultural history ... [He] shows how knowledge was a form of exchange and how it became what we would recognize it as today. Burke's achievement in A Social History of Knowledge is to remind us that people in the past did not view knowledge in the same way as we do today.' History