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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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Enlightenment States?

Enlightenment States?

(p.201) 8 Enlightenment States?
The Power of Knowledge

Jeremy Black

Yale University Press

The changing nature and style of power of government influenced the change in the use and understanding of information in the eighteenth century in the West. Focusing on the period of Enlightenment, this chapter considers the general improvement in the acquisition and dissemination of information, which includes systematic mapping and large-scale military surveys. It also discusses the changing role of information in the mechanics of diplomacy during the Enlightenment.

Keywords:   government, power, information, Enlightenment, mapping, surveys, diplomacy

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