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Knowledge and Power

Science in World History, 1st Edition

By William Burns


192 pages

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Knowledge and Power shows how science has developed in different historical settings by focusing on four episodes in the history of world science from the Middle Ages to the mid-twentieth century.

The title of this book comes from a famous saying by the English Renaissance philosopher Francis Bacon: "Knowledge is Power." Through a combination of narrative and primary sources, author William Burns explores the following topics in order to provide students with an understanding of how different cultures throughout time and across the globe approached science: Science in the Medieval Mediterranean, The Jesuits and World Science ca. 1540-1773, Science in Russia and Japan ca. 1684-1860s, and Africa in the Age of Imperialism and Nationalism ca. 1860-1960.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Science in the Medieval Mediterranean

Chapter Two: The Jesuits and World Science, 1540-1773

Chapter Three: Westernization, "Modernization," and Science in Russia and Japan,


Chapter Four: Africa in the Age of Imperialism and Nationalism, 1860-1960

Making Connections: How Much have Things Changed?


Documentary Sources

About the Author

William Burns is a historian living in Washington, DC. His previous books include The Scientific Revolution (2001), An Age of Wonders: Prodigies, Politics and Providence in England, 1657-1727 (2002), Science in the Enlightenment (2003), and Science and Technology in Colonial America (2005).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General