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Books on Fire: The Destruction of Libraries throughout History

Books on Fire: The Destruction of Libraries throughout History

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A historical survey of the destruction of knowledge from ancient Babylon and China to modern times - Includes the three separate destructions of the Library of Alexandria as well as many equally significant collections around the world - Examines the causes of violence directed at repositories of knowledge - Looks at the dangers posed by digitalization of books to the free availability of knowledge in the futureHebrew, Hindu, Nordic, and Islamic traditions share the belief of a vast library existing before the creation of the world. The Vedas say that this library predated the creator's creation of himself. Yet, almost as old as the idea of the library is the urge to destroy it. The reasons cited for this are many: educated people are much harder to govern, and some proclaim that only the illiterate can save the world

by : Lucien X. Polastron | Aug 13, 2007


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