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The information master : Jean-Baptiste Colbert's secret state intelligence system

Author: Jacob Soll
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©2009.
Series: Cultures of knowledge in the early modern world.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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. 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. This innovative book  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Jean Baptiste Colbert; Jean Baptiste Colbert; Jean-Baptiste Colbert de Seignelay, Politiker 1651-1690.
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jacob Soll
ISBN: 9780472116904 0472116908
OCLC Number: 277086171
Description: xi, 277 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Between public and secret spheres : the case of Colbert --
2. Colbert's cosmos : the expert and the rise of the modern state --
3. The accountant and the coups d'etat --
4. Royal accountability : Louis XIV and the golden notebooks --
5. The rule of the informers --
6. Managing the system : Colbert trains his son for the great intendancy --
7. From universal library to state encyclopedia : Colbert's House of Solomon --
8. Jean-Baptiste Colbert's Republic of Letters : the state control of knowledge --
9. The information state in play : archives, erudition, and the affair of the regale --
10. The system falls apart, but the state remains.
Series Title: Cultures of knowledge in the early modern world.
Other Titles: Jean-Baptiste Colbert's secret state intelligence system
Responsibility: Jacob Soll.

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"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. 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. This 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. By connecting historical literatures -- archives, libraries, merchant techniques, and humanist pedagogy -- that have usually remained separate, Soll has created an imaginative and refreshing work."--Jacket.

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