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A universal history of the destruction of books : from ancient Sumer to modern-day Iraq

Author: Fernando Báez
Publisher: New York : Atlas ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A product of ten years of research and support from leading American and European universities, A Universal History of the Destruction of Books traces a tragic story: the smashed tablets of ancient Sumer, the widespread looting of libraries in post-war Iraq, the leveling of the Library of Alexandria, book burnings by Crusaders and Nazis, and censorship against authors past and present.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Fernando Báez
ISBN: 9781934633014 1934633011
OCLC Number: 233265548
Language Note: Translated from the Spanish.
Description: xii, 354 p., [12] p. of plates : ill., map ; 19 cm.
Contents: Pt. 1. Ancient World --
Ch. 1. Near East --
Ch. 2. Egypt --
Ch. 3. Greece --
Ch. 4. Library of Alexandria --
Ch. 5. Other Ancient Libraries and, Aristotle's Lost Books --
Ch. 6. China --
Ch. 7. Rome and Early Christianity --
Ch. 8. Oblivion and the Fragility of Books --
Pt. 2. From Byzantium to the Nineteenth Century --
Ch. 9. Constantinople --
Ch. 10. Between Monks and Barbarians --
Ch. 11. Islamic World --
Ch. 12. Misplaced Medieval Fervor --
Ch. 13. Destruction of Pre-Hispanic Culture in the Americas --
Ch. 14. Renaissance --
Ch. 15. England --
Ch. 16. Revolutions in France, Spain, and Latin America --
Ch. 17. Fires, Wars, Mistakes, find Messiahs --
Ch. 18. Books Destroyed in Fiction --
Pt. 3. From the Twentieth Century to the Present --
Ch. 19. Rise of Fascism --
Ch. 20. Censorship and Self-Censorship in the Modern Age --
Ch. 21. China and the Soviet Union --
Ch. 22. Spain, Chile, and Argentina --
Ch. 23. Particular Kind of Hatred --
Ch. 24. On the Natural Enemies of Books --
Ch. 25. Iraq.
Responsibility: Fernando Báez.

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A product of ten years of research and support from leading American and European universities, A Universal History of the Destruction of Books traces a tragic story: the smashed tablets of ancient Sumer, the widespread looting of libraries in post-war Iraq, the leveling of the Library of Alexandria, book burnings by Crusaders and Nazis, and censorship against authors past and present.

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