At the same time, book historians—students, after all, of a technology—are now coming to grips with the Digital Humanities. Historians of religion have observed that Catholics printed and read books just as vigorously and imaginatively as Protestants; historians of science, that the new empiricism was built upon the practical reproduction of experimental knowledge, not just a reflexive looking up of things in books. There's a problem loading this menu right now. We still have much to learn from how others understood and addressed the anxieties (and possibilities) presented by rapid technological change, even in the distant past. Browse for books about American history, ancient history, military history, or browse our picks for the best history books of the year so far. Ann Blair’s study Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Age (2010) carries a similar strain of observation and thought to its further conclusion: early modern print culture was an “information culture.” It inspired all manner of attempts to contain, process, index, and preserve beyond the placement of type on a page. Although one can still claim that the history of the book is a “new subject”—at least for academic historians—relative to other prevailing subjects of scholarly discourse, it has its roots in the rigorous bibliographical analysis and description of books as objects. Historians, perhaps ironically in today’s digital revolution, rely more than ever on these immediate records of the distant past, which have been made more accessible than ever before through electronic library records on a scale unprecedented, at least since the invention of print itself. There Johns demonstrated how the variations in printed books, the errors that could be introduced at any stage of the printing process, meant that people, particularly the great heroes of the Scientific Revolution, were not so quick to trust the printed word just because it was printed. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. The history of the book has its roots in bibliography, librarianship, and the intersections of social, cultural, and material history. The locus classicus in modern scholarship, and fairly definitive point of origin for the history of the book as a distinct subject (in the English-speaking world, some would point earlier to the pioneering and precisely bibliographical work of W. W. Greg, Pollard and Redgrave et al., though their work was more focused on the history of printing and specifically the book trade) is the presciently titled work of Lucien Febvre and Henri-Jean Martin, L’apparition du Livre (1958), translated into English and published in 1976 as The Coming of the Book: The impact of Printing, 1450-1800. This is a term that appears with increasing frequency in capital letters, much like the Reformation or the Scientific Revolution, and more recently the History of the Book (there was a time, when none of them did). Like Harvey and Dee, we have chosen the latest technologies at our disposal, adapting and bending the digital medium to try to encompass and more fully explore these complex reading canvases. Medievalists point out, justifiably, that the dissemination of learning before print was not as restricted as imagined; bibliographers, that books were anything but stable purveyors of fixed and unchanging meaning. 328 pages | 6 x 9 | 45 illus. Certainly for those of us who work on the Archaeology of Reading this notion keeps coming back to mind. Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World (Women in History Book, Book of Women Who Changed the World) Ann Shen Hardcover. What You Need to Get Started If you already own a computer, you'll only need a few basic supplies to get started with digital scrapbooking.
Daniel J. Cohen is Director of Research Projects at the Center for History and New Media and Assistant Professor of History at George Mason University.