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The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe

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  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107632752

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  • 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.

    • 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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    'This is a good and important book … the author's clear and forceful style makes it a pleasure to read.' The New York Review of Books

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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: In stock
  • 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.

  • Author

    Elizabeth L. Eisenstein

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