Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen on the History of Libraries
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In this episode Andrew is joined by Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen, the co-authors of The Library: A Fragile History, to discuss the history of libraries and the people who built them, from the ancient world to the digital age.
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Andrew Pettegree is Professor of Modern History at St. Andrews University, where he directs the Universal Short Title Catalogue, a database of information about all books published before 1650. A leading expert on the history of book and media transformations, Pettegree is the award-winning author of several books on the subject.
Arthur der Weduwen is a writer, historian and postdoctoral fellow at the University of St. Andrews. He is interested in cultural and political history, especially that of the early modern period (c. 1500-1800). Arthur’s research focusses on the history of news, books, libraries, communication and politics.