The Resource The future of the past, Alexander Stille

The future of the past, Alexander Stille

Label
The future of the past
Title
The future of the past
Statement of responsibility
Alexander Stille
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Space radar, infrared photography, carbon dating, DNA analysis, microfilm, digital databases - we have better technology than ever before for studying and preserving the past. And yet the by-products of technology threaten to destroy - in one or two generations - monuments, works of art, and ways of life that have survived thousands of years of hardship and war. This paradox is central to our age. We can access infinite amounts of information on the internet, but the historical context of it all is escaping us. Globalization may eventually benefit countries around the world; it will also, almost certainly, lead to the disappearance of hundreds of regional dialects, languages, and whole societies." "In The Future of the Past, Alexander Stille takes us on a tour of the past as it exists today and weighs its prospects for tomorrow, from China to Somalia to Washington, D.C. Through incisive portraits of their protagonists, he describes high-tech struggles to save the Great Sphinx and the Ganges; efforts to preserve Latin within the Vatican; the digital glut inside the National Archives, which may have lost more information in the information age than ever before; and an oral culture threatened by a "new" technology: writing itself. Wherever it takes him, Stille explores not just the past but also our ideas about the past: how they are changing - and how they will have to change if our past is to have a future."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Stille, Alexander
Dewey number
303.4
Index
no index present
LC call number
CC135
LC item number
.S76 2002
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Historic preservation
  • Technological innovations
  • Social change
  • Globalization
  • Nature
  • Environmental protection
  • Antiquities
  • Cultural property
  • Twenty-first century
  • Social Change [MESH]
Label
The future of the past, Alexander Stille
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Sphinx--virtual and real -- Culture of the copy and the disappearance of China's past -- Looting history -- Ganges' next life -- Saving species in Madagascar -- Man who remembers -- War of words : oral poetry, writing, and tape cassettes in Somalia -- Living with a dead language -- Return of the vanished library -- Vatican library mystery -- Are we losing our memory? or the museum of obsolete technology -- Conclusion : Writing and the creation of the past
Control code
ocm48170779
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxi, 339 pages
Isbn
9780374159771
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2001054348
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)48170779
Label
The future of the past, Alexander Stille
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Sphinx--virtual and real -- Culture of the copy and the disappearance of China's past -- Looting history -- Ganges' next life -- Saving species in Madagascar -- Man who remembers -- War of words : oral poetry, writing, and tape cassettes in Somalia -- Living with a dead language -- Return of the vanished library -- Vatican library mystery -- Are we losing our memory? or the museum of obsolete technology -- Conclusion : Writing and the creation of the past
Control code
ocm48170779
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxi, 339 pages
Isbn
9780374159771
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2001054348
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)48170779

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