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Information History in the Modern World

Histories of the Information Age

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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...

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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.

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An increasingly popular area of study due to general interest in hot topics such as the digital divide, surveillance issues and ID cards 
Brings together, for the first time, an international team of experts on the subject
Explores the broad range of influences which have shaped the development of a history of information, from the eighteenth century to the contemporary digital age
 

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
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
Index.
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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).

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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).

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