State-Sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries

Authored by: Rebecca Knuth

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
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The circumstances and motivations for state-sponsored destruction of books and libraries are explored. Various historical examples are described, and commonalities across instances of “libricide” are drawn out of the histories. (Editor's abstract.)

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