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Before the Public Library : Reading, Community, and Identity in the Atlantic World, 1650-1850

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"Before the Public Library explores the emergence of community-based lending libraries in the Atlantic World before the advent of the Public Library movement in the mid-nineteenth century. Essays by eighteen scholars from a range of disciplines seek to place, for the first time, community libraries within an Atlantic context over a two-century period. Taking a comparative approach, this volume shows that community libraries played an important - and largely unrecognized - role in shaping Atlantic social networks, political and religious movements, scientific and geographic knowledge, and economic enterprise. Libraries had a distinct role to play in shaping modern identities through the acquisition and circulation of specific kinds of texts, the fosteringof sociability, and the building of community-based institutions"--
Number of Pages: 415
Genre: History, Social Science
Series Title: Library of the Written Word - the Handpress World
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
Language: English
Street Date: December 6, 2017
TCIN: 53270765
UPC: 9789004348660
Item Number (DPCI): 248-59-5470
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