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The Paper Trail An Unexpected History of the World's Greatest Invention This book is beautifully written and a pleasure to read Apart from that it has some oddities In theory it is a history of paper; but really it’s a history of the changing cultural milieus of paper with digressions about famous people who have used paper rather than a history of the actual technologies of papermaking The first half of the book is spent on China; after that point China disappears not really to return again as the author follows paper through the Islamic Middle Ages Rennaissance and Reformation Europe and constantly accelerating to the invention of the novel and of freedom of the press Perhaps most disappointingly the citations are uneven A few of the later chapters are relatively well footnoted but many of the chapters on Chinese Central Asian and Islamic literary cultures aren’t To find sources on these topics one has to sift through the bibliography and guess That’s frustrating; the book repeatedly left me engaged and wanting to know but with no references to support a deeper dive But again the writing itself is lovely and interesting and likely to satisfy readers who take an aesthetic pleasure in the sweep of history and the diversity of human cultures Good Seems to be uite comprehensiveBad Very boring it feels like reading a collection of facts It is highly unlikely that you are reading this review on a piece of paper held in your hand And yet it was the invention of paper that enabled mass communication and exchange of information uickly and effectively Now we have the internet rapidly replacing the likes of the daily newpaper but we must cast a thought back to where it all began First produced over 2000 years ago in China paper very uickly replaced bamboo as a writing surface and from then on was unstoppable in its spread Although it was not till over 1000 years later that paper made its way in a westerly direction to what is now Iran Ira then Turkey to Europe The movement and development of paper has been integral to the history of these regions over the last 2000 years As a form of storing religious texts whether they be Buddhist as in the early centuries of paper use in China the Koran or the Bible; as a means of distributing religious messages amongst the populace as seen in the work of Martin Luther in the 1500s looking for an alternative to the Catholic church or as fuel to the French Revolution in the late 18th century paper has been at the centre of it all Even New Zealand's very own Treaty of Waitangi has two pages in this book devoted to it Apparently the Treaty was a very rare type of document in British imperial history in that it was a bilingual document Maori and English drawn up for both sides to sign Which is what happened Although as we now know the two versions actually had two different meanings However it is considered remarkable for its time as it attempted to come to a political settlement without going to war The author also points out that when the Treaty was signed in 1840 the Maori had only had maybe 20 years of exposure to the written word their entire means of communicating and passing on history up to that time being oral in nature Is it any wonder they are such marvellous story tellers? This research undertaken for this book is enormous and how much the author has put in is mind boggling The author has studied Chinese and lived for a time in Beijing so it is hardly surprising that half of this book is about the invention development and spread of paper in China Eastern and Central Asia the first 1000 years I am not entirely sure how one makes 1000 years of paper making interesting and riveting and at times I found myself nodding off The seond 1000 years is easier to digest as it has much relevance to history that we already know about Nevertheless I wouldn't say this book is an 'easy' read The detail and minutiae of his subject is at times overwhelming to the extent that I felt the thread of many of his stories was getting lost There has been a trend in recent years for non fiction writers to undertake histories of itemsinventions that have been crucial to the development of the world we know and live in and write about it in a way that makes it accessible to the average reader For example Emc2 by David Bodanis takes Albert Einstein's famous euation and explains it in such a way the most unmathematical persons in the world could understand This book is not on the same accessible level as the likes of Emc2 My biggest criticism the almost total lack of illustrations In a book of 368 pages there are only seventeen illustrations I don't understand how a book about paper and it's place in modern history can only have seventeen low uality illustrations There is whole chapter devoted to the Renaissance and the use of paper in the creation of some of the beautiful art works from that time Any illustrations from this time? No Any pictures of some of the beautifully and crafted Bibles of the Middle Ages? No Or the copies of the Koran produced by the Islamic Caliphate? No I kept wanting to see pictures of what the author was writing about Disappointing for a book with so much research and information in it But if you have the time and want to know where paper the development of script binding typography the printing press the concept of reading the disbursement of knowledge sprang from then you will get a lot out of reading this book This is a very readable and well written book on a subject that might at first sight seem boring but isn't the history of paper its invention uses development and spread from China through the Islamic world to Europe and beyond The parts on China are the best with an excellent chapter on the Tang poet Bai Juyi What I missed are illustrations There are only a few The author lovingly describes Manichaeist illustrated manuscripts but in order to see what they look like you have to turn elsewhere But in the end that doesn't matter Alexander Monro clearly loves his subject and has written a long love letter to it that I never tired of reading I enjoyed this book a history of the impact of paper on history really My only reservation was that it felt a little unbalanced between the early days of the invention of paper and developments and changes coming up to the present day I would have liked on art and design uses of paper None of that spoiled my enjoyment of it An often fascinating read tracing the history of written culture really across the world and how paper emerged from China along the Silk Road to the Middle East and Europe The discussion of paper's intertwined history with Buddhism Islam and the Protestant Reformation was also uite interesting I would have loved a few illustrations because they're pretty few and far between The Paper Trail Toutes les news Ulule The Paper Trail Rendering digital creations on paper Accueil; news; commentaires; contributeurs; Share Il n'y a pas encore de news relatives ce projet % The paper trail Idioms by The Free Dictionary Definition of the paper trail in the Idioms Dictionary the paper trail phrase What does the paper trail expression mean? Definitions by the largest Idiom Dictionary What does the paper trail The Paper Trail Participants Ulule Wouter Demyttenaere finance son projet sur Ulule The Paper Trail Rendering digital creations on paper The Paper Trail vnements | Facebook The Paper Trail Kings Highway East Haddonfield Note de sur la base de avis Love the custom invitations and judging sheets you made The Paper Trail Photos | Facebook The Paper Trail Kings Highway East Haddonfield New Jersey tats Unis Note de sur la base de avis My fiance and I had a wonderful The Paper Trail An Unexpected History of a The Paper Trail is the two millennia long history of how a simple Chinese invention changed the course of human events Tracing the emergence of paper from the imperial court of Han China to its subseuent journeys to Japan Korea and Vietnam through the empire of the Abbasid Caliphate and eventually by way of the Silk Road to Europe in the late thirteenth century Alexander Monro shows paper trail English French Dictionary WordReferencecom paper trail n noun Refers to person place thing uality etc informal systematic documentation trace crite nf nom fminin s'utilise avec les articles la l' devant une voyelle ou un h muet une Ex fille nf On dira la fille ou une fille Avec un nom fminin l'adjectif s'accorde En gnral on ajoute un e l'adjectif Par exemple on dira une petit e fille Paper Trail Wikipedia Paper Trail is the sixth studio album by American hip hop recording artist TI released September on Grand Hustle Records and Atlantic Records He began to write songs for the album as he awaited trial for federal weapons and possession charges Unlike his past albums he wrote his lyrics down on paper which he had not done since his debut album I'm Serious The album paper trail Traduction franaise – Linguee De trs nombreux exemples de phrases traduites contenant paper trail – Dictionnaire franais anglais et moteur de recherche de traductions franaises Papertrail Books – Paper Trail Books opened up in August in downtown Royal Oak on the west side of Washington between th and th Streets We are a general interest bookstore and carry books of all subjects fiction history art sports children's teens and We stock around used books as well as a selection of new books Our books are very affordable they sell for about half the The Paper Trail Toutes les news Ulule Wouter Demyttenaere finance son projet sur Ulule The Paper Trail Rendering digital creations on paper The paper trail Idioms by The Free Dictionary Definition of the paper trail in the Idioms Dictionary the paper trail phrase What does the paper trail expression mean? Definitions by the largest Idiom Dictionary What does the paper trail The Paper Trail Participants Ulule Wouter Demyttenaere finance son projet sur Ulule The Paper Trail Rendering digital creations on paper The Paper Trail vnements | Facebook The Paper Trail Kings Highway East Haddonfield Note de sur la base de avis Love the custom invitations and judging sheets you made The Paper Trail Photos | Facebook The Paper Trail Kings Highway East Haddonfield New Jersey tats Unis Note de sur la base de avis My fiance and I had a wonderful The Paper Trail An Unexpected History of a The Paper Trail is the two millennia long history of how a simple Chinese invention changed the course of human events Tracing the emergence of paper from the imperial court of Han China to its subseuent journeys to Japan Korea and Vietnam through the empire of the Abbasid Caliphate and eventually by way of the Silk Road to Europe in the late thirteenth century Alexander Monro shows paper trail English French Dictionary WordReferencecom paper trail n noun Refers to person place thing uality etc informal systematic documentation trace crite nf nom fminin s'utilise avec les articles la l' devant une voyelle ou un h muet une Ex fille nf On dira la fille ou une fille Avec un nom fminin l'adjectif s'accorde En gnral on ajoute un e l'adjectif Par exemple on dira une petit e fille Paper Trail Wikipedia Paper Trail is the sixth studio album by American hip hop recording artist TI released September on Grand Hustle Records and Atlantic Records He began to write songs for the album as he awaited trial for federal weapons and possession charges Unlike his past albums he wrote his lyrics down on paper which he had not done since his debut album I'm Serious The album paper trail Traduction franaise – Linguee De trs nombreux exemples de phrases traduites contenant paper trail – Dictionnaire franais anglais et moteur de recherche de traductions franaises Papertrail Books – Paper Trail Books opened up in August in downtown Royal Oak on the west side of Washington between th and th Streets We are a general interest bookstore and carry books of all subjects fiction history art sports children's teens and We stock around used books as well as a selection of new books Our books are very affordable they sell for about half the Excellent history of both papermaking and the spread of the history of paper use throughout the Eastern world starting in China and making its way through Asia and Europe The Americas are mentioned but there is not a significant dive into the papermaking history there Not really what I expected about what was written on the paper than the paper itself I learned a lot about the spread of Buddhism but was interested in the history of science about papermaking Better than Kurlansky’s Paper but only slightly better than Houston’s The Book It’s a tough slog but worth it It will also help you go to sleep night after night

  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • The Paper Trail An Unexpected History of the World's Greatest Invention
  • Alexander Monro
  • English
  • 09 October 2015
  • 9781846141898

About the Author: Alexander Monro

Alexander Monro primus was a Scottish surgeon and anatomist His father the surgeon John Monro had been a prime mover in the foundation of the Edinburgh Medical School and had arranged Alexander's education in the hope that his son might become the first Professor of Anatomy in the new university medical school After medical studies in Edinburgh London Paris and Leiden Alexander Monro return