Information Revolutions in the History of the West

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Edward Elgar Publishing, Jan 1, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 347 pages
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. . . a well-researched and well-written book, with some nice anecdotal detail and a crisp turn of phrase. The contextual detail of events is excellent. Toni Weller, Library and Information History In this tour de force, Leonard Dudley makes a persuasive
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
PART I The contractual revolution
19
1 Words and the man
21
2 The ring of cities
45
PART II The consensual revolution
73
3 The counterattack of the clones
75
4 King lords and commons
101
PART III The preemptive revolution
131
PART IV The prescriptive revolution
189
7 The circulation war
191
8 The selffulfilling prophecy
220
PART V Another contractual revolution
255
9 The decentralization of desire
257
Conclusion
294
Epilogue
312
References
315

5 Printing with steam
133
6 Instant information
159

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