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Contextualizing Practical Knowledge in Early Modern Europe


Annemie Leemans

The topic of this book is practical knowledge in early modern Europe, interpreted widely as recipes containing art procedures or medical panaceas between 1400 and 1700. In this book, the 1) origin or creation, 2) transmission or dissemination, and 3) use or consumption are key subjects for understanding the place of practical knowledge in early modern European society. After a historiographical and theoretical approach, this book applies Deleuze and Guattari’s rhizome metaphor to art technological literature. The first part ends with a study about medical practitioners and mediators who disseminate practical knowledge through the printing press. The second part of the book is entirely dedicated to the booklet A Very Proper Treatise (1573), using a microhistory approach to study it.

BIC Classifications

  • Literature & literary studies (D)
    • Literature: history & criticism (DS)
  • Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects (G)
    • Interdisciplinary studies (GT)
      • General studies (GTG)
  • Time period (3)
    • Modern period, c 1500 onwards (3J)
      • c 1500 to c 1600 (3JB)
      • c 1600 to c 1700 (3JD)
      • c 1700 to c 1800 (3JF)

BISAC Classifications

  • Literary Criticism (LIT)
    • LITERARY CRITICISM / European / General (LIT004130)

THEMA Classifications

  • Biography, Literature & Literary studies (D)
    • Literature: history & criticism (DS)
  • Reference, Information & Interdisciplinary subjects (G)
    • Interdisciplinary studies (GT)
      • History of scholarship (principally social sciences & humanities) (GTB)
  • Time period qualifiers (3)
    • c 1500 onwards to present day (3M)
      • 16th century, c 1500 to c 1599 (3MD)
      • 17th century, c 1600 to c 1699 (3MG)
      • 18th century, c 1700 to c 1799 (3ML)