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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Information History in the Modern World

Histories of the Information Age

ISBN 9780230237360
Publication Date December 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Themes in Focus

Information has a rich but under explored history. The information age of the late twentieth century witnessed the emergence of a new history of information and, in this timely collection of essays, a team of international scholars from a variety of disciplines examines the changing understandings of information in the modern world.

Situating the concept of information in varying historical contexts since the eighteenth century, Information History in the Modern World: Histories of the Information Age:
• explores how this historical research can challenge our perceptions of the information age in the global twenty-first century
• discusses ephemera, wars, imagery, empire, identification and the transience of history in the digital era
• argues that the changing uses, perceptions and manifestations of information helped to shape the world we know today.

Authoritative and approachable, this is an invaluable resource for anyone who is interested in how and why information has become a distinguishing feature of the modern world.

TONI WELLER is Senior Lecturer in History at De Montfort University, UK, and Editor of the international journal Library and Information History. She is one of the leading scholars in the burgeoning field of information history and her previous publications include Information History - An Introduction: Exploring an Emergent Field (2008).

List of Figures
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; T.Weller
Personal Identification as Information Flows in England, 1500-2000; E.Higgs
Information for the Public: Information Infrastructure in the Republic of Letters; B.Rayward
Designing and Gathering Information: Perspectives on Nineteenth Century Forms; P.Stiff, P.Dobraszczyk & M.Esbester
Broadside Ballads, Almanacs and The Illustrated News: Genres and Rhetoric in the Communication of Information in Denmark, 1800-1925; L.Skouvig
Information and Empire: The Information and Intelligence Bureaux of the Imperial Institute, London 1887-1949; D.Muddiman
'A Valuable Handbook of Information': The Staff Magazine in the First Half of the Twentieth Century as a Means of Information Management; A.Black
Modelling Recent Information History: The 'Banditry' of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda; P.Sturges
Rewriting History: The Information Age and the Knowable Past; L.Tredinnick
Conclusion: Information History in the Modern World; T.Weller
Selected Bibliography


One of the best texts I have read for a long time. The collection has an exciting objective and it forms a coherent whole; students of History and of Library and Information Science will return repeatedly to this book.' – Professor Trine Schreiber, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark
'Information History in the Modern World is a high quality work providing a useful companion to the teaching of this subject at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and a good resource for students and researchers.' – Dr Gayner Eyre, Aberystwyth University, UK
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