Eisenstein, Elizabeth L.
- Publication date:
- 2nd ed. - Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
- xix, 384 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 359-371) and index.
- 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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- Publisher's Summary:
Although the importance of the advent of printing for the Western world has long been recognized, it was Elizabeth Eisenstein, in her monumental, two-volume work, The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe, who provided the first full-scale treatment of the subject. This illustrated and abridged edition gives a stimulating survey of the communications revolution of the fifteenth century. After summarizing the initial changes introduced by the establishment of printing shops, it goes on to discuss how printing affected three major cultural movements: the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the rise of modern science. This new edition includes a new essay discussing recent controversies provoked by the first edition and reaffirms the thesis that the advent of printing entailed a communications revolution. Fully-illustrated and annotated, the book argues that the cumulative processes set in motion with the advent of printing are likely to persist despite the recent development of new communications technologies.
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