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xi, 347 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Contents: Preface Introduction Part I: The Contractual Revolution 1. Words and the Man 2. The Ring of Cities Part II: The Consensual Revolution 3. The Counter-Attack of the Clones 4. King, Lords and Commons Part III: The Preemptive Revolution 5. Printing with Steam 6. Instant Information Part IV: The Prescriptive Revolution 7. The Circulation War 8. The Self-fulfilling Prophecy Part V: Another Contractual Revolution 9. The Decentralization of Desire Conclusion Epilogue References.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781847207906 20160527
Can new information technologies explain the discontinuities in the history of the West? This innovative volume presents evidence of an overall pattern generated by radical changes in media, arguing that the major social revolutions in the West have been preceded by innovations that drastically alter the relative importance of informational scale economies (the impact of production volume on unit cost) and network effects (the gain to each member of a network when a new agent joins). These factors establish the optimal structure of a society by determining whether decision-making is centralized, decentralized or instead distributed across multiple agents. Dudley contends that an innovation that alters the balance between scale economies and network effects initially has a dramatic result, blasting apart existing interpersonal networks; however later, out of the debris, a new society emerges. The latest of these innovations - the integrated circuit - is currently generating a wave of creative destruction that is spilling over into the rest of the world. To understand the rebirth that seems likely to follow, we must examine not the recent past but the Dark Ages of European history and the intervening centuries. With detailed case studies addressing the sources of innovation in information technology, along with a conceptual framework to explain their effects, this book will be of interest to students and teachers of Western economic and social history, as well as to the general reader with an interest in the social impact of innovation.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781847207906 20160527
Green Library
xxxviii, 647 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Spectator, Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday Books of the Year 2015. Britain's empire has gone. Our manufacturing base is a shadow of its former self; the Royal Navy has been reduced to a skeleton. In military, diplomatic and economic terms, we no longer matter as we once did. And yet there is still one area in which we can legitimately claim superpower status: our popular culture. It is extraordinary to think that one British writer, J. K. Rowling, has sold more than 400 million books; that Doctor Who is watched in almost every developed country in the world; that James Bond has been the central character in the longest-running film series in history; that The Lord of the Rings is the second best-selling novel ever written (behind only A Tale of Two Cities); that the Beatles are still the best-selling musical group of all time; and that only Shakespeare and the Bible have sold more books than Agatha Christie. To put it simply, no country on earth, relative to its size, has contributed more to the modern imagination. This is a book about the success and the meaning of Britain's modern popular culture, from Bond and the Beatles to heavy metal and Coronation Street, from the Angry Young Men to Harry Potter, from Damien Hirst toThe X Factor.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780241004654 20160619
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xii, 215 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Introduction: Culture, Faith, and Philanthropy in Early Modern England PART I: FAITH, PHILANTHROPY, AND LONDON'S MORAL ECONOMY 1. 'And let our hearts be softned to the Poor': Personal Ambition and the Metropolitan Moral Economy 2. 'God hath bestowed that upon me': How Simon Eyre Made His Fortune 3. '[A]s the Lord had decreed': The Metamorphosis of Richard Whittington PART II: FAITH, PHILANTHROPY, AND PROVINCIAL REFORM 4. '[R]emember the place of our Nativity': Godly Londoners, Livery Companies, and Provincial Reform 5. '[B]ring this Trojan Horse ... into their Countrey': William Jones, London Haberdashers, and the Reformation of Monmouth 6. '[A] distant and alien control': Henry Colbron, London Drapers, and the Reformation of Kirkham 7. Conclusion: London and National Reform.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780312293864 20160614
"Culture, Faith, and Philanthropy is exceptional in forging an original path over ground that has been well trodden in the recent proliferation of scholarship on early modern London. There is little doubt that Ward will be offering many readers the pleasure of a story they have not already heard."-Sixteenth Century Journal.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780312293864 20160614
Green Library


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