By W. Boyd Rayward

Uniting a crew of foreign and interdisciplinary students, this quantity considers the perspectives of early twentieth-century ecu thinkers at the construction, dissemination and administration of publicly to be had info. Interdisciplinary in viewpoint, the amount displays the character of the thinkers mentioned, together with Otto Neurath, Patrick Geddes, the English Fabians, Paul Otlet, Wilhelm Ostwald and H. G. Wells. The paintings additionally charts the curiosity because the latter a part of the 19th century to find new how one can take into consideration and to regulate the turning out to be physique of accessible details with a purpose to in attaining goals resembling the development of Western civilization, the relief of inequalities throughout periods and nations, and the merchandising of peaceable coexistence among countries. In doing so, the participants supply a unique historic context for assessing widely-held assumptions approximately modern-day globalized, 'post smooth' info society. This quantity will curiosity all who're excited by the construction of a contemporary networked info society.

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