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Knowledge and Power

Science in World History, 2nd Edition

By William Burns

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166 pages

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Description

Knowledge and Power presents and explores science not as something specifically for scientists, but as an integral part of human civilization, and traces the development of science through different historical settings from the Middle Ages through to the Cold War.

Five case studies are examined within this book: the creation of modern science by Muslims, Christians and Jews in the medieval Mediterranean; the global science of the Jesuit order in the early modern world; the relationship between "modernization" and "westernization" in Russia and Japan from the late seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century; the role of science in the European colonization of Africa; and the rivalry in "big science" between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Each chapter includes original documents to further the reader’s understanding, and this second edition has been enhanced with a selection of new images and a new chapter on Big Science and the Superpowers during the Cold War.

Since the Middle Ages, people have been working in many civilizations and cultures to advance knowledge of, and power over, the natural world. Through a combination of narrative and primary sources, Knowledge and Power provides students with an understanding of how different cultures throughout time and across the globe approached science. It is ideal for students of world history and the history of science.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Chapter One: Science in the Medieval Mediterranean; Chapter Two: The Jesuits and World Science, 1540-1773; Chapter Three: Westernization, "Modernization," and Science in Russia and Japan, 1684-1860s; Chapter Four: Africa in the Age of Imperialism and Nationalism, 1860-1960; Chapter five: Big Science, the superpowers, and the Cold War; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index

About the Author

William E. Burns teaches history at The George Washington University 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), Science and Technology in Colonial America (2005), and The Scientific Revolution in Global Perspective (2015).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS037000
HISTORY / World
HIS037010
HISTORY / Medieval
HIS037020
HISTORY / Renaissance
HIS037040
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HIS037050
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
HIS037060
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
HIS037070
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HIS037090
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century