Age of Secrecy Hardback

Jews, Christians, and the Economy of Secrets, 1400--1800

by Daniel Jutte;

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Age of Secrecy

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The fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries were truly an Age of Secrecy in Europe, when arcane knowledge was widely believed to be positive knowledge which extended into all areas of daily life. So asserts Daniel Jutte in this engrossing, vivid, and award-winning work. He maintains that the widespread acceptance and even reverence for this "economy of secrets" in premodern Europe created a highly complex and sometimes perilous space for mutual contact between Jews and Christians. Surveying the interactions between the two religious groups in a wide array of secret sciences and practices, the author relates true stories of colorful "professors of secrets" and clandestine encounters. In the process Jutte examines how our current notion of secrecy is radically different in this era of WikiLeaks, Snowden, etc., as opposed to centuries earlier when the truest, most important knowledge was generally considered to be secret by definition.

Age of Secrecy by Daniel Jutte was published by Yale University Press in July 2015. The ISBN for Age of Secrecy is 9780300190984.

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Details for Age of Secrecy

Page last updated 17th May 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherYale University Press (July 2015)
Number of Pages448
Thickness30 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4314245
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