Press, Politics and the Public Sphere in Europe and North America, 1760-1820

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This collection of essays covers a particularly turbulent and important period in European and American history. As a vital component of print and political culture, newspapers feature prominently in many accounts of social and political change between 1750 and 1850. Yet despite the influence attributed to the newspaper press (by historians and contemporaries), not enough is known about the press itself, particularly in terms of national comparison. This collection aims to fill this gap in our knowledge by examining the press of several European countries and of North America.

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Historians from the US, Europe, and New Zealand offer 10 mostly nationally based case studies assessing the common features and divergences of newspapers, and exploring their role in political and social change. The concept and borders of nations were still in their forms during the period, so some studies look at communities lacking statehood, such as Ireland and pre-revolutionary America; at geographic units incorporating many states, such as Germany and Italy; and at the cosmopolitan press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"A crucial reference within an underdeveloped field." Studies in English Literature

"These ten essays provide a fascinating and detailed look at the role of the press in developing the public sphere in Revolutionary Europe and America." H-Net Reviews

"Ockerse's insight about the growing demand for news among ever-broader sectors of society and the concomitant growth of the periodical press during the 1760-1820 period is the theme of the highly useful essays.... Recommended." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521037143
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/21/2007
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

HANNAH BARKER is Senior Lecturer in history at the University of Manchester.

SIMON BURROWS is Lecturer in modern history at the University of Leeds.

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Introduction 1
1 The cosmopolitan press, 1760-1815 23
2 The Netherlands, 1750-1813 48
3 Germany, 1760-1815 69
4 England, 1760-1815 93
5 Ireland, 1760-1820 113
6 America, 1750-1820 140
7 France, 1750-89 159
8 The French revolutionary press 182
9 Italy, 1760-1815 201
10 Russia, 1790-1830 224
Index 248
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