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The history and power of writing

Author: Henri-Jean Martin; Lydia G Cochrane
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Cultural history on a grand scale, this immensely readable book is the story of writing from its very beginnings to its recent transformations through technology. Traversing four millennia, Martin shows how the written word originated, how it spread, and how it figured in the evolution of civilization. In pursuit of writing's origins, Henri-Jean Martin asks how much those origins owed to practical necessity, and how
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Juvenile audience, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Henri-Jean Martin; Lydia G Cochrane
ISBN: 0226508358 9780226508351 0226508366 9780226508368
OCLC Number: 28423039
Language Note: Translation of: Histoire et pouvoirs de l'ʹecrit.
Description: xv, 591 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Writing systems --
The written and the spoken word --
Speech and letters --
The death and resurrection of written culture --
The arrival of print --
The reign of the book --
The forms and functions of writing : fifteenth-eighteenth centuries --
The book and society --
The industrial era --
Beyond writing --
Conclusion.
Other Titles: Histoire et pouvoirs de l'écrit.
Responsibility: Henri-Jean Martin ; translated by Lydia G. Cochrane.
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