The Future Of The Past

The Future Of The Past

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by Alexander Stille
     
 

A fascinating tour of the past as it exists today, and of the dangers that threaten it, through incisive portraits of our attempts to maintain it: the high-tech struggles to save the Great Sphinx and the Ganges; the efforts to preserve Latin within the Vatican; the digital glut inside the National Archives, which may have caused more information to be lost than

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A fascinating tour of the past as it exists today, and of the dangers that threaten it, through incisive portraits of our attempts to maintain it: the high-tech struggles to save the Great Sphinx and the Ganges; the efforts to preserve Latin within the Vatican; the digital glut inside the National Archives, which may have caused more information to be lost than ever before; and an oral culture threatened by a "new" technology: writing itself. Stille explores not simply the past, but our ideas about the past--and how they will have to change if our past is to have a future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312420949
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,338,559
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1The Sphinx - Virtual and Real3
2The Culture of the Copy and the Disappearance of China's Past40
3Looting History71
4The Ganges' Next Life96
5Saving Species in Madagascar123
6The Man Who Remembers155
7War of Words: Oral Poetry, Writing, and Tape Cassettes in Somalia182
8Living with a Dead Language207
9The Return of the Vanished Library246
10The Vatican Library Mystery274
11Are We Losing Our Memory? or The Museum of Obsolete Technology299
Conclusion: Writing and the Creation of the Past311

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