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Knowledge, Power and Nature 1500-1700 - Term 2 Week 5

Seminar Reading

Eisenstein, Elizabeth L., Unacknowledge Revolution Revisited’, American Historical Review 107, 1 (2002): 87-105.

Eisenstein, Elizabeth L., ‘How to Acknowledge a Revolution]: Reply, American Historical Review 107, 1 (2002): 126-128.

John’s Adrian, How to Acknowledge a Revolution The American Historical Review, 107, 1 (2002): 106-125.


Seminar/Essay Questions

  • Do books actually make revolutions?
  • Can one trust what is written?
  • ‘The Scientific Revolution was not possible without the Printing Revolution.’ Discuss.


Further Reading

Johns, Adrian, The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making (Chicago, 1998).

Blair, Anne, ‘Humanists Methods in Natural Philosophy’: the Commonplace Book’, Journal for the History of Ideas 53 (1992): 541-551.

Chartier, Roger, The Order of Books: Readers, Authors, and Libraries in Europe between the Fourtheenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Cambridge, 1994.

Eamon, William, Science and the Secrets of Nature: Books and Secrets in Medieval and Early Modern Culture (Princeton, 1994).

Eisenstein, Elizabeth L., The Printing Press as an Agent of Change: Communications and Cultural Transformations in Early Modern Europe, 2.vols. (Cambridge, 1979).

-- The Printing Press in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge, 1983).