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Knowledge Societies in History


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The expertise of the history of knowledge is essential in tackling the issues and concerns surrounding present-day global knowledge society. Books in this series historicize and critically engage with the concept of knowledge society, with conceptual and methodological contributions enabling the historian to analyse and compare the origins, formation and development of knowledge societies. The first volumes in the series are the result of a project ‘Creating a knowledge society in a globalizing world, 1450-1800’, which received funding through an internationalization grant from NWO (Dutch Science Foundation). The project explores manifestations of knowledge societies, moving away from a teleological model inherent in many discussions of modernity.

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Threatened Knowledge Practices of Knowing and Ignoring from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century

Threatened Knowledge: Practices of Knowing and Ignoring from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Renate Dürr
September 24, 2021

Threatened Knowledge discusses the practices of knowing, not-knowing, and not wanting to know from the middle ages to the twentieth century. In times of ‘fake news’, processes of forgetting and practices of non-knowledge have sparked the interest of historical and sociological research. The ...

Early Modern Knowledge Societies as Affective Economies

Early Modern Knowledge Societies as Affective Economies

1st Edition

Edited By Inger Leemans, Anne Goldgar
December 31, 2020

Early Modern Knowledge Societies as Affective Economies researches the development of knowledge economies in Early Modern Europe. Starting with the Southern and Northern Netherlands as important early hubs for marketing knowledge, it analyses knowledge economies in the dynamics of a globalizing ...

Histories of Knowledge in Postwar Scandinavia Actors, Arenas, and Aspirations

Histories of Knowledge in Postwar Scandinavia: Actors, Arenas, and Aspirations

1st Edition

Edited By Johan Östling, Niklas Olsen, David Larsson Heidenblad
June 10, 2020

Histories of Knowledge in Postwar Scandinavia uses case studies to explore how knowledge circulated in the different public arenas that shaped politics, economics and cultural life in and across postwar Scandinavia, particularly in the 1960s and 1970s. This book focuses on a period when the term "...

Knowledge and the Early Modern City A History of Entanglements

Knowledge and the Early Modern City: A History of Entanglements

1st Edition

Edited By Bert De Munck, Antonella Romano
September 03, 2019

Knowledge and the Early Modern City uses case studies from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries to examine the relationships between knowledge and the city and how these changed in a period when the nature and conception of both was drastically transformed. Both knowledge formation and the ...

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