Utopias: A Brief History from Ancient Writings to Virtual Communities

Utopias: A Brief History from Ancient Writings to Virtual Communities

Author(s): Howard P. Segal

Published Online: 16 MAY 2013 01:50AM EST

Print ISBN: 9781405183291

Online ISBN: 9781118496053

DOI: 10.1002/9781118496053

About this Book

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

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