1st Edition

Information and Power in History Towards a Global Approach

    308 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    306 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The relationship between information and power is a relevant subject for all times. Today’s perceived ‘information revolution’ has caused information to become a separate object of study during the last two decades for several disciplines. As the contemporary perspective is dominant, information history as a discipline of its own has not yet crystallized. In bringing together studies around a new research agenda on the relationship between information and power across time and space, presenting various governance regimes, media, materials, and modes of communication, this book forces us to rethink the prospects and challenges for such a new discipline.

    1. The potency of the human element: information and power in history
    2. Toni Weller

    3. Period, theme, event: locating information history in history
    4. Alistair Black and Bonnie Mak

      Theme I: Experts and influence

    5. Knowledge is power. Opening up the teaching monopoly on the art of rulership in medieval Italy
    6. David Napolitano

    7. Trading information. Willem Usselincx (1567-1647) in the corridors of power
    8. Ida Nijenhuis

    9. Electoral research, pollsters and the performative power of information about the ‘public’. The Netherlands and the transatlantic connection (1945-1990)
    10. Wim de Jong and Fons Meijer

    11. From neo-corporatism to regulatory governance: interests, expertise and power in Dutch extraparliamentary governance, c. 1900-2018
    12. Adriejan van Veen

      Theme II: Exchange and hegemony

    13. The perils of the post road: diplomats, diplomatic couriers, and the informational fabric of early modern Europe
    14. Megan K. Williams

    15. Communication, information and power in the Dutch colonial empire: The case of the Dutch East India Company, c. 1760
    16. Gerrit Knaap

    17. Unifying the country: information-gathering by the Dutch central government in the Batavian-French period (1795-1813)
    18. Ronald Sluijter

      Theme III: Disclosure and control

    19. Sailing and secrecy. Information control and power in Dutch overseas companies in the late sixteenth - early seventeenth century
    20. Djoeke van Netten

    21. Struggling for the ‘right to know’. American and British attitudes towards whistle-blowers (1966-2005)
    22. Joris Gijsenbergh

    23. An optimizer of power? The political usefulness of Dutch security intelligence, 1966-1989
    24. Constant Willem Hijzen

    25. The power struggle between the party and the public library. The crisis of public librarianship in communist Romania (1970-1989)
    26. Claudia ¿erbanu¿a

      Theme IV: Empowerment and neglect

    27. Contested law-making: mobilization for the right to information law in India, 1990-2005
    28. Gitika De

    29. Carved in stone? The role of written and unwritten information in solving the Eurasian question after 1945
    30. Liesbeth Rosen Jacobson

    31. Paper trails to private lives. The performative power of card indexes through time and space
    32. Marijke van Faassen and Marieke Oprel

    33. Information and Power in History: A new historiographical approach?

              The editors



    Ida Nijenhuis is senior researcher at the Department of History at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, the Netherlands

    Marijke van Faassen is senior researcher at the Department of History at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, the Netherlands

    Ronald Sluijter is researcher at the Department of Digital Data Management at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, the Netherlands

    Joris Gijsenbergh is assistant professor in Political History at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands

    Wim de Jong is postdoctoral researcher at the Open University, the Netherlands