The Power of Knowledge
How Information and Technology Made the Modern World
July 14, 2015
504 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
Information is power. For more than five hundred years the success or failure of nations has been determined by a country’s ability to acquire knowledge and technical skill and transform them into strength and prosperity. Leading historian Jeremy Black approaches global history from a distinctive perspective, focusing on the relationship between information and society and demonstrating how the understanding and use of information have been the primary factors in the development and character of the modern age.
“Jeremy Black’s new book is a massive compendium of facts that suggestively interrogates the entanglement between information and western modernity. . .His impressive survey takes in censuses, literary rates, medicine, time-keeping, trains, telegraphs and space-shuttles, the Holocaust, the Star Wars films, and, of course, the internet.”—Dr Aileen Fyfe, BBC History Magazine
Arun Bala, OUP American Historical Review.