Library Trends 55 (3) Winter 2007: Libraries in Times of War, Revolution, and Social Change


Library Trends 55 (3) Winter 2007: Libraries in Times of War, Revolution, and Social Change. Edited by W. Boyd Rayward and Christine Jenkins.

The pillage and burning of Iraq’s National Library and its National Museum in the spring of 2003 sent cultural shock waves around the world. “Stuff happens,” Donald Rumsfeld, the U.S. Secretary for Defense, declared offhandedly, dismissing these events. But such events, and the variety of responses that they evoke, raise a number of urgent historical questions to which the articles in this volume represent tentative answers.

The American Library Association’s Library History Round Table held the eleventh Library History Seminar “Libraries in Times of War, Revolution, and Social Change” on October 27–30, 2005, at the University of Illinois' conference center at Allerton Park. The twenty-seven articles in this issue are drawn from the papers read at the seminar. They have gone through a rigorous process of review. They are not a systematic account across all nations and periods but a reflection of a varied body of scholarship relevant to the general questions with which we began this introduction and to the themes listed in the paragraph above. The articles range in time and place from ancient China, through the Paris Commune of 1871, the First and Second World Wars and the immediate aftermath of these wars, especially in Europe, and to modern Iraq.

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