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Exiles and Expatriates in the History of Knowledge, 1500–2000
Peter Burke; Dror Wahrman, fwd.



The Menahem Stern Jerusalem Lectures

Brandeis
2017 • 312 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
History

$40.00 Paperback, 978-1-5126-0038-4
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The impact of intellectual diasporas

In this wide-ranging consideration of intellectual diasporas, historian Peter Burke questions what distinctive contribution to knowledge exiles and expatriates have made. The answer may be summed up in one word: deprovincialization. Historically, the encounter between scholars from different cultures was an education for both parties, exposing them to research opportunities and alternative ways of thinking. Deprovincialization was in part the result of mediation, as many émigrés informed people in their “hostland” about the culture of the native land, and vice versa. The detachment of the exiles, who sometimes viewed both homeland and hostland through foreign eyes, allowed them to notice what scholars in both countries had missed. Yet at the same time, the engagement between two styles of thought, one associated with the exiles and the other with their hosts, sometimes resulted in creative hybridization, for example, between German theory and Anglo-American empiricism. This timely appraisal is brimming with anecdotes and fascinating findings about the intellectual assets that exiles and immigrants bring to their new country, even in the shadow of personal loss.

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“This book is enormously rich in examples; the citations come from such a wide range of sources that it is hard to avoid being led astray to follow the footnotes down temptingly novel bibliographical paths. Future researchers will benefit from being able to relate work with a narrower focus to Burke’s careful typology of modes of influence and involvement.”—Jennifer Platt, emeritus professor of sociology, University of Sussex

“Expatriation and exile bend the human mind and paralyze or ignite its creativity. There is a breathtaking story to tell about how deeply displacement affects the production of knowledge. Navigating with verve through centuries, countries, and cases, Peter Burke has finally told it now. His book subtly transforms a field previously often perceived as of marginal interest into a privileged vantage point for the study of knowledge.”—Antoon De Baets, professor of history, ethics and human rights, University of Groningen

“Professor Peter Burke is one of the greatest historians of culture and knowledge. In Exiles and Expatriates in the History of Knowledge, he once again aims his encyclopedic mastery and elegant prose to understanding how knowledge works. This masterful book, the third in his ambitious series on the topic, shows in great historical detail how curiosity, travel, and the interactions of peoples are the essential elements of learning and science.”—Jacob Soll

“Peter Burke has succeeded in bridging across disciplines, cultures, and periods to present a clear and fascinating text, the result of comprehensive and detailed prosopographical research. The wealth of information he manages to gather from countless sources is brought together and scrutinized with analytical clarity . . . . one cannot help noticing the empathy he feels toward the dozens of exiles and expatriates who populate his book, whose contribution to the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the past five hundred years has been extraordinary.”—Yosef Kaplan, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem



PETER BURKE is professor emeritus, Cambridge University, and a noted historian of the early modern era. He specializes in the relevance of social and cultural history to modern issues.



Fri, 1 Sep 2017 16:42:01 -0500