The folks at the New History of Knowledge project have published an informative book entitled Circulation of Knowledge: Explorations in the History of Knowledge, edited by Johan Östling et al. (Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2018). The book is available to read without restrictions as an open access PDF file. The introduction includes useful information about the history of knowledge in relation to other subfields of history.
If you are new to the history of knowledge, but not new to history, the following freely available online readings can help you find your bearings.… Continue reading
The Fall 2016 issue of the free access GHI Bulletin includes a thematic forum on the history of knowledge with the following three articles:
- The History of Knowledge and the Expansion of the Historical Research Agenda by Simone Lässig
- Old and New Orders of Knowledge in Modern Jewish History by Kerstin von der Krone
- Data, Diplomacy, and Liberalism: August Ferdinand Lueder’s Critique of German Descriptive Statistics by Anna Echterhölter
Ricky Law, "Knowledge is Power: The Interwar German and Japanese Mass Media in the Making of the Axis," Bulletin of the German Historical Institute 54 (Spring 2014): 27–46.
Ricky Law, who won the Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize in 2013, investigates the role of the interwar German and Japanese mass media in preparing the ground for the Axis by studying the portrayal of Japan in German newspapers, motion pictures, and nonfiction as well as the depiction of Germany in Japanese dailies, lectures and pamphlets, nonfiction, and language textbooks. Law goes beyond cultural history, however, to consider how knowledge was acquired, translated, and disseminated, including the roles played by pundits and voluntary associations.
Pamela H. Smith, "Why Write a Book? From Lived Experience to the Written Word in Early Modern Europe," Bulletin of the German Historical Institute 47 (Fall 2010): 25–50.
In this article, Pamela Smith links the tacit and explicit knowledge of artisans in an innovative way. See also Jonathan Sheehan's interesting review of Smith's related book, The Body of the Artisan: Art and Experience in the Scientific Revolution (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2004).