Introduction: Expertise and the Early Modern State

  title={Introduction: Expertise and the Early Modern State},
  author={Eric Ash},
  pages={1 - 24}
  • E. Ash
  • Published 1 January 2010
  • History
  • Osiris
The notion of expertise has received a lot of attention recently from historians and other scholars. Of special interest has been the relationship between the expert and the state, and in particular the appropriate role for the expert to play in settling public debates about science and technology within modern democracies. While this work has focused almost exclusively on the modern era, the roots of many of the issues, debates, and institutions under consideration go back many centuries to… 

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