Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Power of Knowledge – How Information and Technology Made the Modern World - Yale Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

The Power of Knowledge: How Information and Technology Made the Modern World

Jeremy Black


Information is power. For more than five hundred years the success or failure of nations has been determined by a country’s ability to acquire knowledge and technical skill and transform them into strength and prosperity. This book approaches global history from a distinctive perspective, focusing on the relationship between information and society and demonstrating how the understanding and use of information have been the primary factors in the development and character of the modern age. The book suggests that the West’s ascension was a direct result of its institutions and social practices ... More

Keywords: retaining information, history of technology, cartography, hardware of communication, armaments, sea power, mercantilism, astronomy, bureaucracy, management of information

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300167955
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300167955.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy Black, author