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The Resource Burning the books : a history of the deliberate destruction of knowledge, Richard Ovenden

Burning the books : a history of the deliberate destruction of knowledge, Richard Ovenden

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Burning the books : a history of the deliberate destruction of knowledge
Title
Burning the books
Title remainder
a history of the deliberate destruction of knowledge
Statement of responsibility
Richard Ovenden
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Opening with the notorious bonfires of "un-German" and Jewish literature in 1933 that offered such a clear signal of Nazi intentions, Burning the Books takes us on a 3000-year journey through the destruction of knowledge and the fight against all the odds to preserve it. Richard Ovenden, director of the world-famous Bodleian Library, explains how attacks on libraries and archives have been a feature of history since ancient times but have increased in frequency and intensity during the modern era. Libraries are far more than stores of literature, through preserving the legal documents such as Magna Carta and records of citizenship, they also support the rule of law and the rights of citizens. Today, the knowledge they hold on behalf of society is under attack as never before. In this fascinating book, he explores everything from what really happened to the Great Library of Alexandria to the Windrush papers, from Donald Trump's deleting embarrassing tweets to John Murray's burning of Byron's memoirs in the name of censorship. At once a powerful history of civilisation and a manifesto for the vital importance of physical libraries in our increasingly digital age, Burning the Books is also a very human story animated by an unlikely cast of adventurers, self-taught archaeologists, poets, freedom-fighters; and, of course, librarians and the heroic lengths they will go to preserve and rescue knowledge, ensuring that civilization survives. From the rediscovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the desert, hidden from the Romans and lost for almost 2000 years to the medieval manuscript that inspired William Morris, the knowledge of the past still has so many valuable lessons to teach us and we ignore it at our peril
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ovenden, Richard
Dewey number
363.3109
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
  • Z657
  • Z659
LC item number
  • .O946 2020
  • .O94 2020
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Censorship
  • Libraries
  • Libraries
  • Book burning
  • Book burning
  • Archives
  • Cultural property
  • Information science
  • Books
  • Libraries
  • Archives
  • Archives
  • Book burning
  • Censorship
  • Cultural property
  • Information science
  • Libraries
  • Libraries
Target audience
adult
Label
Burning the books : a history of the deliberate destruction of knowledge, Richard Ovenden
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-290) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cracked clay under the mounds -- A pyre and papyrus -- When books were dog cheap -- An ark to save learning -- Spoil of the conqueror -- How to disobey Kafka -- The twice-burned library -- The paper brigade -- To be burned unread -- Sarajevo Mon Amour -- Flames of empire -- An obsession with archives -- The digital deluge -- Paradise lost? -- Coda: Why we will always need libraries and archives
Control code
on1141417443
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Harvard University Press edition.
Extent
308 pages
Isbn
9780674241206
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Burning the books : a history of the deliberate destruction of knowledge, Richard Ovenden
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-290) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cracked clay under the mounds -- A pyre and papyrus -- When books were dog cheap -- An ark to save learning -- Spoil of the conqueror -- How to disobey Kafka -- The twice-burned library -- The paper brigade -- To be burned unread -- Sarajevo Mon Amour -- Flames of empire -- An obsession with archives -- The digital deluge -- Paradise lost? -- Coda: Why we will always need libraries and archives
Control code
on1141417443
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Harvard University Press edition.
Extent
308 pages
Isbn
9780674241206
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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