Utopias: A Brief History from Ancient Writings to Virtual Communities (Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion #45) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 45 in the Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion series.

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This brief history connects the past and present of utopian thought, from the first utopias in ancient Greece, right up to present day visions of cyberspace communities and paradise.
  • Explores the purpose of utopias, what they reveal about the societies who conceive them, and how utopias have changed over the centuries
  • Unique in including both non-Western and Western visions of utopia
  • Explores the many forms utopias have taken - prophecies and oratory, writings, political movements, world's fairs, physical communities - and also discusses high-tech and cyberspace visions for the first time
  • The first book to analyze the implicitly utopian dimensions of reform crusades like Technocracy of the 1930s and Modernization Theory of the 1950s, and the laptop classroom initiatives of recent years

About the Author


Howard P. Segal is Bird Professor of History at the University of Maine, where he has taught since 1986. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. His previous books include Technological Utopianism in American Culture (1985), Future Imperfect: The Mixed Blessings of Technology in America (1994), Technology in America: A Brief History (1989, 1999, with Alan Marcus), and Recasting the Machine Age: Henry Ford's Village Industries (2005). He also reviews for, among other publications, Nature and the Times Higher Education.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781405183291
ISBN-10: 1405183292
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: May 21st, 2012
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Wiley Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion