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The Invention of Free Press - Writers and Censorship in Eighteenth Century Europe (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016) Loot Price: R2,300
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The Invention of Free Press - Writers and Censorship in Eighteenth Century Europe (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Edoardo Tortarolo

The Invention of Free Press - Writers and Censorship in Eighteenth Century Europe (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)

Edoardo Tortarolo

Series: International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Idees, 219

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Tracking the relationship between the theory of press control and the realities of practicing daily press censorship prior to publication, this volume on the suppression of dissent in early modern Europe tackles a topic with many elusive and under-researched characteristics. Pre-publication censorship was common in absolutist regimes in Catholic and Protestant countries alike, but how effective it was in practice remains open to debate. The Netherlands and England, where critical content segued into outright lampoonery, were unusual for hard-wired press freedoms that arose, respectively, from a highly competitive publishing industry and highly decentralized political institutions. These nations remained extraordinary exceptions to a rule that, for example in France, did not end until the revolution of 1789. Here, the author's European perspective provides a survey of the varying censorship regulations in European nations, as well as the shifting meanings of 'freedom of the press'. The analysis opens up fascinating insights, afforded by careful reading of primary archival sources, into the reactions of censors confronted with manuscripts by authors seeking permission to publish. Tortarolo sets the opinions on censorship of well-known writers, including Voltaire and Montesquieu, alongside the commentary of anonymous censors, allowing us to revisit some common views of eighteenth-century history. How far did these writers, their reasoning stiffened by Enlightenment values, promote dissident views of absolutist monarchies in Europe, and what insights did governments gain from censors' reports into the social tensions brewing under their rule? These questions will excite dedicated researchers, graduate students, and discerning lay readers alike.

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Imprint: Springer
Country of origin: Netherlands
Series: International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Idees, 219
Release date: October 2015
Authors: Edoardo Tortarolo
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 19mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 200
Edition: 1st ed. 2016
ISBN-13: 978-9401773454
Categories: Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social issues > Ethical issues & debates > Censorship
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political control & freedoms > Human rights > Freedom of information & freedom of speech
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
LSN: 9401773459
Barcode: 9789401773454

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