The Organisation of Knowledge in Victorian Britain

Hardcover | May 26, 2005

EditorMartin Daunton

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This collection of essays explores the questions of what counted as knowledge in Victorian Britain, who defined knowledge and the knowledgeable, by what means and by what criteria. During the Victorian period, the structure of knowledge took on a new and recognizably modern form, and the disciplines that we now take for granted took shape. The ways in which knowledge was tested also took on a new form, with oral examinations and personal contacts giving way to formal writtentests. New institutions of knowledge were created: museums were important at the start of the period (knowledge often meant classifying and collecting); by the end, universities had taken on a new prominence. Knowledge exploded and Victorians needed to make sense of the sheer scale of information,to popularize it, and at the same time to exclude ignorance and error - a role carried out by encyclopaedias and popular publications. The concept of knowledge is complex and much debated, with a multiplicity of meanings and troubling relationships. By studying the Victorian organization of knowledge in its institutional, social, and intellectual settings, these essays contribute to our consideration of these wider issues.

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This collection of essays explores the questions of what counted as knowledge in Victorian Britain, who defined knowledge and the knowledgeable, by what means and by what criteria. During the Victorian period, the structure of knowledge took on a new and recognizably modern form, and the disciplines that we now take for granted took sh...

Martin Daunton is at Professor of Economic History, University of Cambridge; Fellow of the British Academy.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.19 inPublished:May 26, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Martin Daunton: IntroductionJohn Pickstone: Science in nineteenth-century England: plural configurations and singular politicsJim Endersby: Classifying sciences: systematics and status in mid-Victorian natural historyLawrence Goldman: Victorian social science: from singular to pluralKeith Tribe: Political economy and the science of economics in Victorian BritainDaniel J. Cohen: Reason and belief in Victorian mathematicsFrank M. Turner: Victorian classics: sustaining the study of the ancient worldMichael Bentley: The evolution and dissemination of historical knowledgeJosephine M. Guy: Specialization and social utility: disciplining English studiesCarol Atherton: The organization of literary knowledge: the study of English in the late nineteenth centuryJohn R. Gibbins: 'Old studies and new': the organization of knowledge in university curriculumJames Raven: The promotion and constraints of knowledge: the changing structure of publishing in Victorian BritainDavid McKitterick: Libraries, knowledge and public identityMax Jones: Measuring the world: exploration, empire and the reform of the Royal Geographical Society, 1874-93Samuel J. M. M. Alberti: Civic cultures and civic colleges in Victorian EnglandW. C. Lubenow: Intimacy, imagination and the inner dialetics of knowledge communities: the Synthetic Society, 1896-1908Mary Beard and Christopher Stray: The Academy abroad: the nineteenth-century origin of the British School at AthensRichard Drayton: The strange late birth of the British Academy