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4.0 out of 5 stars Ground-breaking and engrossing, 18 Feb 2002
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This review is from: A Social History of Knowledge: From Gutenberg to Diderot, Based on the First Series of Vonhoff Lectures Given at the University of Groningen (Nether (Paperback)
It is all too easy to take our own conceptions of knowledge for granted. Peter Burke in this seminal study forces us to look with fresh eyes at our own preconceptions by taking us on a tour of the ways that our attitudes to knowledge have changed over the past six centuries. Burke argues that knowledge itself is no fixed constant but rather is perpetually being shaped and reshaped by social and cultural forces.
He effortlessly combines innovative theory with great erudition. All of his points are firmly anchored in the sort of marvellous details that make history worth studying. Nevertheless he rejects needless antiquarianism and in his use and organisation of evidence we may perceive the hallmarks of a great intellect at work.
Read this book: you will never be able to look at libraries and museums in the same way again.
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