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Conflict and Enlightenment
Print and Political Culture in Europe, 1635–1795


  • Publication planned for: October 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521701808

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  • New approaches to the history of print have allowed historians of early modern Europe to re-evaluate major shifts in religious, intellectual, cultural and political life across Europe. Drawing on precise and detailed study of the contexts of different types of print, including books, pamphlets, newspapers and flysheets, combined with quantitative analysis and a study of texts as material objects, Thomas Munck offers a transformed picture of early modern political culture, and through analysis of new styles and genres of writing he offers a fresh perspective on the intended readership. Conflict and Enlightenment uses a resolutely comparative approach to re-examine what was being disseminated in print, and how. By mapping the transmission of texts across cultural and linguistic divides, Munck reveals how far new forms of political discourse varied depending on the particular perspectives of authors, readers and regulatory authorities, as well as the cultural adaptability of translators and sponsors.

    • Integrates the traditional history of books into a new history of political culture
    • Covers a broad chronological span to match real changes in print culture from 1635 to 1795, integrating the two biggest revolutions in early modern Europe into a broader view of political and cultural change
    • Takes a number of early modern texts as detailed case studies in order to situate every text within its precise historical context and escape from the 'canon' of great texts
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521701808
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Print, production, authors and readers
    2. Instability and politicisation (1630–77)
    3. Subversive print in the early Enlightenment
    4. Translation and transmission across cultural borders
    5. High enlightenment, political texts and reform (1748–89)
    6. Revolution: democracy and loyalism in print (1789–95)

  • Author

    Thomas Munck, University of Glasgow
    Thomas Munck is Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Glasgow where his research focuses on comparative European social, cultural and political history. A current member of a research group on Cultural Translation based in Germany, he is the recipient of research grants from the Carnegie Trust and British Academy, and the author of Seventeenth-Century Europe: State, Conflict and Social Order in Europe, 1598–1700 (2005).

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