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The information master [electronic resource] : Jean-Baptiste Colbert's secret state intelligence system /
Jacob Soll.
imprint
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2009.
description
xi, 277 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0472116908 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780472116904 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2009.
isbn
0472116908 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780472116904 (cloth : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
12499373
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-268) and index.
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"...this slender volume is an engaging case study of the interactions between information and government in early-modern Europe." -- Toby Osborne, French History
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"Soll contributes to a fresh and burgeoning field of scholarship that looks at information systems and the records they left as subjects of study, as well as sources of documents for modern historians. The dynamism of this field ensures that this book will receive a lively scholarly reception." ---Randolph Head, University of California at Riverside "The Information Mastermakes a major contribution to our understanding of the uses of knowledge and the mechanisms by which knowledge was harnessed by the early modern state." ---Paul Nelles, Carleton University Jean-Baptiste Colbert saw governance of the state not as the inherent ability of the king, but as a form of mechanical mastery of subjects such as medieval legal history, physics, navigation, and the price lists of nails, sails, and gunpowder. His actions at the French Royal Library managed to create a revolution in the content of civic learning. InThe Information Master, Jacob Soll explores Colbert's accomplishments, showing how the legacy of Colbert's encyclopedic tradition lies at the very center of the rise of the modern state. Soll's innovative book argues that Colbert's practice of collecting knowledge originated in Renaissance Italy, where merchants recognized the power to be gained from merging scholarship and trade. With his connection of historical literatures---regarding archives, libraries, merchant techniques, and humanist pedagogy---that have usually remained separate, Soll has created an imaginative and refreshing work. Jacob Soll is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University and the author ofPublishingThe Prince:Reading and the Birth of Political Criticism, 1513-1789(Michigan 2005). He is editor, along with Anthony Grafton and Ann Blair, of the series Cultures of Knowledge in the Early Modern World.
Main Description
"Colbert has long been celebrated as Louis XIV's minister of finance, trade, and industry. More recently, he has been viewed as his minister of culture and propaganda. In this lively and persuasive book, Jake Soll has given us a third Colbert, the information manager." ---Peter Burke, University of Cambridge "Jacob Soll gives us a road map drawn from the French state under Colbert. With a stunning attention to detail Colbert used knowledge in the service of enhancing royal power. Jacob Soll's scholarship is impeccable and his story long overdue and compelling." ---Margaret Jacob, University of California, Los Angeles "Nowadays we all know that information is the key to power, and that the masters of information rule the world. Jacob Soll teaches us that Jean-Baptiste Colbert had grasped this principle three and a half centuries ago, and used it to construct a new kind of state. This imaginative, erudite, and powerfully written book re-creates the history of libraries and archives in early modern Europe, and ties them in a novel and convincing way to the new statecraft of Europe's absolute monarchs." ---Anthony Grafton, Princeton University "Brilliantly researched, superbly told, and timely, Soll's story is crucial for the history of the modern state." ---Keith Baker, Stanford University When Louis XIV asked his minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert---the man who was to oversee the building of Versailles and the Royal Academy of Sciences, as well as the navy, the Paris police force, and French industry---to build a large-scale administrative government, Colbert created an unprecedented information system for political power. In The Information Master,Jacob Soll shows how the legacy of Colbert's encyclopedic tradition lies at the very center of the rise of the modern state and was a precursor to industrial intelligence and Internet search engines. Soll's innovative look at Colbert's rise to power argues that his practice of collecting knowledge originated from techniques of church scholarship and from Renaissance Italy, where merchants recognized the power to be gained from merging scholarship, finance, and library science. With his connection of interdisciplinary approaches---regarding accounting, state administration, archives, libraries, merchant techniques, ecclesiastical culture, policing, and humanist pedagogy---Soll has written an innovative book that will redefine not only the history of the reign of Louis XIV and information science but also the study of political and economic history. Jacob Soll is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University and the author of PublishingThe Prince: History, Reading, and the Birth of Political Criticism(University of Michigan Press, 2005), and winner of the 2005 Jacques Barzun Prize from the American Philosophical Society and a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship. Soll edited a special issue of Journal of the History of Ideastitled "The Uses of Historical Evidence in Early Modern Europe"; has cofounded the online journal Republics of Letters;and is editor, along with Anthony Grafton and Ann Blair, of the series Cultures of Knowledge in the Early Modern World. Jacket illustration: Jean Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683), Philippe de Champaigne, 1655, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Wildenstein Foundation, Inc., 1951 (51.34). Photograph 2003 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Main Description
"Colbert has long been celebrated as Louis XIV's minister of finance, trade, and industry. More recently, he has been viewed as his minister of culture and propaganda. In this lively and persuasive book, Jake Soll has given us a third Colbert, the information manager." ---Peter Burke, University of Cambridge"Jacob Soll gives us a road map drawn from the French state under Colbert. With a stunning attention to detail Colbert used knowledge in the service of enhancing royal power. Jacob Soll's scholarship is impeccable and his story long overdue and compelling." ---Margaret Jacob, University of California, Los Angeles"Nowadays we all know that information is the key to power, and that the masters of information rule the world. Jacob Soll teaches us that Jean-Baptiste Colbert had grasped this principle three and a half centuries ago, and used it to construct a new kind of state. This imaginative, erudite, and powerfully written book re-creates the history of libraries and archives in early modern Europe, and ties them in a novel and convincing way to the new statecraft of Europe's absolute monarchs." ---Anthony Grafton, Princeton University"Brilliantly researched, superbly told, and timely, Soll's story is crucial for the history of the modern state." ---Keith Baker, Stanford UniversityWhen Louis XIV asked his minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert---the man who was to oversee the building of Versailles and the Royal Academy of Sciences, as well as the navy, the Paris police force, and French industry---to build a large-scale administrative government, Colbert created an unprecedented information system for political power. InThe Information Master,Jacob Soll shows how the legacy of Colbert's encyclopedic tradition lies at the very center of the rise of the modern state and was a precursor to industrial intelligence and Internet search engines.Soll's innovative look at Colbert's rise to power argues that his practice of collecting knowledge originated from techniques of church scholarship and from Renaissance Italy, where merchants recognized the power to be gained from merging scholarship, finance, and library science. With his connection of interdisciplinary approaches---regarding accounting, state administration, archives, libraries, merchant techniques, ecclesiastical culture, policing, and humanist pedagogy---Soll has written an innovative book that will redefine not only the history of the reign of Louis XIV and information science but also the study of political and economic history.Jacob Soll is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University and the author ofPublishingThe Prince:History, Reading, and the Birth of Political Criticism(University of Michigan Press, 2005), and winner of the 2005 Jacques Barzun Prize from the American Philosophical Society and a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship. Soll edited a special issue ofJournal of the History of Ideastitled "The Uses of Historical Evidence in Early Modern Europe"; has cofounded the online journalRepublics of Letters;and is editor, along with Anthony Grafton and Ann Blair, of the series Cultures of Knowledge in the Early Modern World.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Jean-Baptiste Colbert saw governance of the state not as the inherent ability of the king, but as a form of mechanical mastery of subjects such as medieval legal history, physics, navigation, and the price lists of nails, sails, and gunpowder.
Table of Contents
Between Public and Secret Spheres The Case Of Colbertp. 1
Colbert's Cosmos The Expert And The Rise Of The Modern Statep. 13
The Accountant and the Coups D'Étatp. 34
Royal Accountability Louis Xiv and the Golden Notebooksp. 50
The Rule of the Informersp. 67
Managing the System Colbert Trains His Son For The Great Intendancyp. 84
From Universal Library to State Encyclopedia Colbert's House Of Solomonp. 94
Jean-Baptiste Colbert's Republic of Letters The State Control Of Knowledgep. 120
The Information State in Play Archives, Erudition, and The Affair of the Régalep. 140
The System Falls Apart, but the State Remainsp. 153
Notesp. 169
Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 269
Illustrations following pagep. 146
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