The history of archives has transcended its disciplinary confines to suggest how a wide array of political and cultural practices became conversant with or even reliant upon record-keeping. Randolph Head’s new book is one long-awaited example of this welcome development. It integrates many of the author’s previous insights into early modern European political record-keeping and positions his view on chancellery archival records more widely.
One of the book’s central arguments – previously outlined in a 2013 journal article – posits that over the course of the fourteenth to the earliest eighteenth century, emphasis moved from archives as “hidden treasuries of material proofs” towards storing information “primarily according to its place in the transaction of political business” (p.[weiterlesen...]
Rez. von Tom Tölle, Arbeitsbereich Europäische Geschichte, Universität Hamburg