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The Organisation of Knowledge in Victorian Britain

Martin Daunton


This book explores the questions of what counted as knowledge in Victorian Britain, who defined knowledge and the knowledgeable, by what means and by what criteria. During the Victorian period, the structure of knowledge took on a new and recognizably modern form, and the disciplines that we now take for granted took shape. The ways in which knowledge was tested also took on a new form, with oral examinations and personal contacts giving way to formal written tests. New institutions of knowledge were created: museums were important at the start of the period (knowledge often meant classifying ... More

Keywords: Victorian Britain, structure of knowledge, museums, collecting, universities, classifying

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780197263266
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263266.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Daunton, editor
Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and President of the Royal Historical Society

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Chapter One: Introduction

Martin Daunton

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