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The Power of KnowledgeHow Information and Technology Made the Modern World$
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Jeremy Black

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300167955

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300167955.001.0001

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Government and Information

Government and Information

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The Power of Knowledge

Jeremy Black

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses governmental use of information and how government mobilises the resources of society to maximise public welfare. It also considers some improvements in communications and infrastructures in the West from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The emergence of administrative bodies such as the Florentine Health Board provided opportunities for gathering new information. Initially created to respond to the plague, the Board became a more wide ranging body for the maintenance of health in the seventeenth century.

Keywords:   information, resources, public welfare, government, communication, Florentine Health Board

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