In 1979 Elizabeth Eisenstein provided the first full-scale treatment of the fifteenth-century printing revolution in the West in her monumental two-volume work, The Printing Press as an Agent of Change. This abridged edition, after summarising the initial changes introduced by the establishment of printing shops, goes on to discuss how printing challenged traditional institutions and affected three major cultural movements: the Renaissance, the Reformation and the rise of modern science. Also included is a later essay which aims to demonstrate that the cumulative processes created by printing are likely to persist despite the recent development of new communications technologies.Read more
- New afterword that considers some of the controversial issues that have been raised since the emergence of the new academic field of 'book history'
- Restoration of the footnotes and sources, along with bringing the sources up to date
- Still the only book that provides a historically grounded account of the fifteenth-century communications revolution in western Europe
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: March 2012
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107632752
- length: 401 pages
- dimensions: 215 x 138 x 21 mm
- weight: 0.58kg
- contains: 66 b/w illus. 2 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. The Emergence of Print Culture in the West:
1. The unacknowledged revolution
2. Defining the initial shift
3. Some features of print culture
4. The expanding Republic of Letters
Part II. Interaction with Other Developments:
5. The permanent Renaissance: mutation of a classical revival
6. Western Christendom disrupted: resetting the stage for Reformation
7. The book of nature transformed: printing and the rise of modern science
8. Conclusion: scripture and nature transformed
Afterword: revisiting the printing revolution.
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