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Origins of Democratic Culture Printing, Petitions, and the Public Sphere in Early-Modern England

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ISBN-10: 0691006946

ISBN-13: 9780691006949

Edition: 2000

Authors: David Zaret

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This innovative work of historical sociology locates the origins of modern democratic discourse in the emergent culture of printing in early modern England. For David Zaret, the key to the rise of a democratic public sphere was the impact of this culture of printing on the secrecy and privilege that shrouded political decisions in seventeenth-century England. Zaret explores the unanticipated liberating effects of printing and printed communication in transforming the world of political secrecy into a culture of open discourse and eventually a politics of public opinion. Contrary to those who locate the origins of the public sphere in the philosophical tracts of the French Enlightenment,…    
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Book details

List price: $125.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 1/17/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.61" wide x 9.41" long x 1.05" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Theory and History
Theories of the Early Public Sphere
Historical Revisionism
The Paradox of Innovation
Secrecy and Privilege
Contradictions between Secrecy Norms and Political Practice
Traditional Communicative Practice
Center to Periphery
Periphery to Center
Grievances and Petitions
Oral News: Rumors and Ballads
Scribal News
Printing and the Culture of Print
Presses and Printers
Legal and Political Issues
Authors and Sellers
Popular Literacy and Reading
Illicit Books
Appeals to Public Opinion in Religion to 1640
Printing and Politics in the 1640s
Imposition of Dialogic Order on Conflict
Printed News
Printed Political Texts
Invoking Public Opinion
Petitions as Political Propaganda
Petitions as Indicators of Opinion in the Periphery
Petitions and Printing
The Paradox of Innovation in Petitioning
The Authority of Opinion
Toward Liberal Democracy
Deism, Science, and Opinion
Contemporary Implications