"Colbert has lengthy been celebrated as Louis XIV's minister of finance, alternate, and undefined. extra lately, he has been considered as his minister of tradition and propaganda. during this energetic and persuasive e-book, Jake Soll has given us a 3rd Colbert, the data manager."
---Peter Burke, college of Cambridge
"Jacob Soll offers us a highway map drawn from the French country less than Colbert. With a gorgeous cognizance to element Colbert used wisdom within the carrier of enhancing
royal energy. Jacob Soll's scholarship is impeccable and his tale long
overdue and compelling."
---Margaret Jacob, college of California, Los Angeles
"Nowadays we know that details is the most important to strength, and that the masters of knowledge rule the realm. Jacob Soll teaches us that Jean-Baptiste Colbert had grasped this precept 3 and a part centuries in the past, and used it to build a brand new form of nation. This inventive, erudite, and powerfully written booklet re-creates the background of libraries and records in early sleek Europe, and ties them in a singular and convincing solution to the recent statecraft of Europe's absolute monarchs."
---Anthony Grafton, Princeton University
"Brilliantly researched, beautifully informed, and well timed, Soll's tale is essential for the background of the trendy state."
---Keith Baker, Stanford University
When Louis XIV requested his minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert---the guy who used to be to supervise the construction of Versailles and the Royal Academy of Sciences, in addition to the army, the Paris police strength, and French industry---to construct a large-scale administrative govt, Colbert created an extraordinary info procedure for political energy. In The info Master, Jacob Soll exhibits how the legacy of Colbert's encyclopedic culture lies on the very heart of the increase of the trendy country and used to be a precursor to commercial intelligence and web seek engines.
Soll's cutting edge examine Colbert's upward thrust to energy argues that his perform of accumulating wisdom originated from options of church scholarship and from Renaissance Italy, the place retailers well-known the ability to be won from merging scholarship, finance, and library technology. along with his connection of interdisciplinary approaches---regarding accounting, nation management, data, libraries, service provider ideas, ecclesiastical tradition, policing, and humanist pedagogy---Soll has written an cutting edge e-book that would redefine not just the heritage of the reign of Louis XIV and data technology but in addition the research of political and fiscal history.
Jacket representation: Jean Baptiste Colbert (1619–1683), Philippe de Champaigne, 1655, The Metropolitan Museum of paintings, reward of the Wildenstein origin, Inc., 1951 (51.34). photo © 2003 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.