History of Writing (Globalities) (Paperback)

By Steven Roger Fischer

Reaktion Books, 9781861891679, 352pp.

Publication Date: April 4, 2004

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Hardcover (9/1/2004)

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Description

From the earliest scratches on stone and bone to the languages of computers and the internet, A History of Writing offers a fascinating investigation into the origin and development of writing throughout the world.

Commencing with the first stages of information storage, Fischer focuses on the emergence of complete writing systems in Mesopotamia in the fourth millennium BC. He documents the rise of Phoenician and its effect on the Greek alphabet, generating the many alphabetic scripts of the West. Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese writing systems are dealt with in depth, as is writing in pre-Columbian America. Also explored are Western Europe's medieval manuscripts and the history of printing, leading to the innovations in technology and spelling rules of the 19th and 20th centuries.


About the Author

Steven Roger Fischer is former director of the Institute of Polynesian Languages and Literatures in Auckland, New Zealand. His books include A History of Language, A History of Writing, and A History of Reading, and Island at the End of the World: The Turbulent History of Easter Island,also published by Reaktion Books. He lives on Waiheke Island, New Zealand.


Praise For History of Writing (Globalities)

"[It] is wonderful . . . to see a subject that embraces so much of human civilisation handled with the wide knowledge and breadth of vision it deserves."


— Nature