Social History of the Media : From Gutenberg to the Internet

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-03-08
  • Publisher: Polity

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Written by two leading social and cultural historians, the first editions of A Social History of the Media became classic textbooks, providing a masterful overview of communication media and of the social and cultural contexts within which they emerged and evolved over time.

Author Biography

Asa Briggs, formerly Provost of Worcester College, Oxford and Chancellor of the Open University

Peter Burke, Professor Emeritus of Cultural History of Cambridge University

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vi
Prefacep. viii
Introductionp. 1
Printing in its Contextsp. 13
The Media and the Public Sphere in Early Modern Europep. 61
Technologies and Revolutionsp. 91
New Processes and Patternsp. 121
Information, Education, Entertainmentp. 179
Media Convergencesp. 237
In and Out of Cyberspacep. 275
Chronologyp. 303
Further Readingp. 315
Indexp. 331
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Great May 29, 2011
This third edition has been thoroughly revised to bring the text up to date with the very latest developments in the field. This textbook brings out the rich and varied histories of communication media. It shows the political and religious conflicts and issues which are locked in a feedback loop with the development of the media. This textbook will continue to be the first choice for students and scholars across the world.
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