Masters of the Word: How Media Shaped History

Masters of the Word: How Media Shaped History

William J. Bernstein

William J. Bernstein’s A well suited alternate: How exchange formed the World, an Economist and Financial Times most sensible booklet of the 12 months, put him firmly one of the best flight of historians like Jared Diamond and invoice Bryson, able to distilling significant traits and reams of knowledge into insightful, globe-spanning renowned narrative.

Bernstein explains how new verbal exchange applied sciences and particularly our entry to them, impacted human society. Writing was once born hundreds of thousands of years in the past in Mesopotamia. Spreading to Sumer, after which Egypt, this progressive software allowed rulers to increase their keep watch over all over, giving upward thrust to the world’s first empires. while Phoenician investors took their alphabet to Greece, literacy’s first increase resulted in the delivery of drama and democracy. In Rome, it helped spell the downfall of the Republic. Later, medieval scriptoria and vernacular bibles gave upward thrust to spiritual dissent, and with the mix of more affordable paper and Gutenberg’s printing press, the fuse of Reformation used to be lit.

The commercial Revolution introduced the telegraph and the steam pushed printing press, permitting info to maneuver quicker than ever prior to and to arrive an excellent better viewers. yet besides radio and tv, those new applied sciences have been extra simply exploited by means of the strong, as obvious in Germany, the Soviet Union, even Rwanda, the place radio incited genocide. With the increase of carbon duplicates (Russian samizdat), photocopying (the Pentagon Papers), the net, social media and mobile phones (the contemporary Arab Spring) extra humans have entry to communications, making the area extra attached than ever earlier than.

In Masters of the Word, Bernstein masterfully publications the reader throughout the great background of communications, illustrating each one step with colourful tales and anecdotes. it is a eye-catching, enlightening ebook, one who will swap how you examine expertise, background, and gear.

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