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A Companion to the History of the Book by Simon Eliot and Jonathan Rose pdf free download

A Companion to the History of the Book by Simon Eliot and Jonathan Rose pdf free download. The history of the book is a new scholarly adventure, still in its pioneering phase, which offers an innovative approach to studying both history and literature. It is based on two apparently simple premises, which have inspired some strikingly original work in the humanities. The fi rst is that books make history.

A Companion to the History of the Book by Simon Eliot and Jonathan Rose pdf free download

In The Printing Press as an Agent of Change (1979), Elizabeth Eisenstein argued that the invention of print technology made
possible the scientific revolution, mobilized the Protestant Reformation, and broadcast the achievements of the Italian Renaissance. Meanwhile, Robert Darnton was making the case that scurrilous underground literature undermined France’s ancien régime to the
point where it collapsed in 1789. They inspired other scholars to pose similar questions about books and historical causation.

A Companion to the History of the Book by Simon Eliot and Jonathan Rose pdf free download

Did escalating press rhetoric precipitate the French Reign of Terror and the American Civil War? Did samizdat literature contribute to the implosion of Soviet communism? Can the arrested development of Middle Eastern print culture, hemmed in by censorship, help to explain problems of modernization in that part of the world? Book historians do not claim that books explain everything, but they do recognize that books are the primary tools that people use to transmit ideas, record memories, create narratives, exercise power, and distribute wealth.

A Companion to the History of the Book by Simon Eliot and Jonathan Rose pdf free download

(That remained true even in the twentieth century, when cinematic, broadcast, sound recording, and digital media became increasingly pervasive.) Therefore, when we study any literate human society, we must ask what books it produced, where they were distributed,
which libraries held them, how they were censored (or smuggled past the censors), where and how they were translated, and who was reading them. We should also be aware that readers can read the same book in a variety of ways, with important consequences: after all, wars have been fought over differing interpretations of scriptures and treaties.

A Companion to the History of the Book by Simon Eliot and Jonathan Rose pdf free download

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