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Information History in the Modern World : Histories of the Information Age - Toni Weller

Information History in the Modern World

Histories of the Information Age

By: Toni Weller (Editor)

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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.

'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

List of Figuresp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Notes on Contributorsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Personal Identification as Information Flows in England, 1500-2000p. 13
Information for the Public: Information Infrastructure in the Republic of Lettersp. 31
Designing and Gathering Information: Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Formsp. 57
Broadside Ballads, Almanacs and the Illustrated News: Genres and Rhetoric in the Communication of Information in Denmark 1800-1925p. 89
Information and Empire: The Information and Intelligence Bureaux of the Imperial Institute, London, 1887-1949p. 108
'A Valuable Handbook of Information': The Staff Magazine in the First Half of the Twentieth Century as a Means of Information Managementp. 130
Modelling Recent Information History: The 'Banditry' of the Lord's Resistance Army in Ugandap. 155
Rewriting History: The Information Age and the Knowable Pastp. 175
Conclusion: Information History in the Modern Worldp. 199
Selected Bibliographyp. 204
Indexp. 207
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ISBN: 9780230237377
ISBN-10: 0230237371
Series: Themes in Focus
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 211
Published: 9th December 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.7  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1