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

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Overview

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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"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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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 (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521662079
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Pages: 274
  • Lexile: 1670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (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; Acknowledgements; Introduction Hannah Barker and Simon Burrows; 1. The cosmopolitan press, 1760–1815 Simon Burrows; 2. The Netherlands, 1750–1813 Nicolaas van Sas; 3. Germany, 1760–1815 Eckhart Hellmuth and Wolfgang Piereth; 4. England, 1760–1815 Hannah Barker; 5. Ireland, 1760–1820 Douglas Simes; 6. America, 1750–1820 David Copeland; 7. France, 1750–89 Jack Censer; 8. The French revolutionary press Hugh Gough; 9. Italy, 1760–1815 Maurizio Isabella; 10. Russia, 1790–1830 Miranda Beaven Remnek; Index.
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