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From the Publisher"This joint work, a master-piece of compression in its first edition, lives up to the claims of its title in this, its second … This book could add great strength to media studies teaching."
Times Higher Education Supplement
"Packed with lovely nuggets."
"Full of illuminating details and quotations … A Social History of the Media is an ideal textbook for students and a lesson to professional historians that they need to take the media seriously as a subject in its own right."
International Review of Social History
"This book is, without doubt, the best history of the media we have. Covering in its massive sweep every significant wave of change from the print revolution to the Internet, it provides an authoritative account of modern forms of communication and should be read by anyone interested in the development of our mediated world."
Michael Pickering, Loughborough University
"Asa Briggs and Peter Burke have written a fascinating and far-reaching history of the media. Beginning with the print revolution and ending with the maturation of the Information Society, they not only tell the political, social and technological histories of each medium, but also link them in such a way as to help us see overarching patterns and continuities. The end result is an engaging and intelligent investigation of five centuries of media and communications."
Susan Murray, New York University