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The Gutenberg revolution : a history of print culture /
Richard Abel.
imprint
New Brunswick : Transaction Publishers, c2011.
description
xii, 188 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1412818575 (Cloth), 9781412818575 (Cloth)
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Book
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imprint
New Brunswick : Transaction Publishers, c2011.
isbn
1412818575 (Cloth)
9781412818575 (Cloth)
contents note
A brief account of the history of the culture of the West to 1450 -- Gutenberg's printing revolution and the cultural revolution of the fifteenth century -- The spread of printing and its consequences in the sixteenth century -- The cultural triumph of the seventeenth century and the role of print therein.
catalogue key
7608630
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 171-183) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Richard Abel and Gordon Graham, editors In the first third of the twentieth century, the publishing industry in the United Kingdom and the United States was marked by well-established and comfortable traditions pursued by family-dominated firms. The British trade was the preserve of self-satisfied men entirely certain of their superiority in the world of letters; their counterparts in North America were blissfully unaware of development and trends outside their borders. In this unique historical analysis, Richard Abel and Gordon Graham show how publishing evolved post-World War II to embrace a different, more culturally inclusive, vision.
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"The Gutenberg Revolution: A History of Print Culture describes the history and impact of the radical printing revolution, starting his narrative from the eighth century to the Renaissance and considering the new Christian and classical world fostered from the new print era. Gutenberg's innovation truly changed the world: this focuses on how the Cultural Revolution was shaped by printing and is a scholarly survey recommended for history and literary collections at the advanced high school to college levels." -California Bookwatch "Richard Abel's The Gutenberg Revolution: A History of Print Culture is a scholarly and passionate opus that demonstrates how printing permeated every aspect of life throughout the Renaissance. Covering the eleventh through seventeenth centuries, the book reflects the author's rich life as scholar, historian, editor, publisher, bookseller, and writer. Illuminated by a resolute search for the good and the true amid the turmoil of transforming centuries, The Gutenberg Revolution should be read by anyone seeking a thoughtful perspective on the twenty-first century, for which, Abel demonstrates, the pre-and post-Gutenberg centuries have powerful messages." -Gordon Graham, editor, LOGOS 1990-2009
"The Gutenberg Revolution: A History of Print Culture describes the history and impact of the radical printing revolution, starting his narrative from the eighth century to the Renaissance and considering the new Christian and classical world fostered from the new print era. Gutenberg's innovation truly changed the world: this focuses on how the Cultural Revolution was shaped by printing and is a scholarly survey recommended for history and literary collections at the advanced high school to college levels." -California Bookwatch "Of special note is Richard Abel's 'Epilogue: Closing Remarks and Summary'. Enhanced with the inclusion of an extensive bibliography and a very useful index, "The Gutenberg Revolution: A History of Print Culture" is a truly informative read and should be considered a mandatory acquisition for academic library Writing/Publishing reference collections and supplemental reading lists." -Library Bookwatch "Richard Abel's The Gutenberg Revolution: A History of Print Culture is a scholarly and passionate opus that demonstrates how printing permeated every aspect of life throughout the Renaissance. Covering the eleventh through seventeenth centuries, the book reflects the author's rich life as scholar, historian, editor, publisher, bookseller, and writer. Illuminated by a resolute search for the good and the true amid the turmoil of transforming centuries, The Gutenberg Revolution should be read by anyone seeking a thoughtful perspective on the twenty-first century, for which, Abel demonstrates, the pre-and post-Gutenberg centuries have powerful messages." -Gordon Graham, editor, LOGOS 1990-2009
"[I]t is thrilling to view Western history afresh through the prism of printed books as the engine of knowledge. As we try vainly to predict the social and epistemological consequences of the Internet, Abel's history not only limns a still-neglected history, it stands as a rare tribute to his forebears in publishing." -Angie Jabine, Reed Magazine "The Gutenberg Revolution: A History of Print Culture describes the history and impact of the radical printing revolution, starting his narrative from the eighth century to the Renaissance and considering the new Christian and classical world fostered from the new print era. Gutenberg's innovation truly changed the world: this focuses on how the Cultural Revolution was shaped by printing and is a scholarly survey recommended for history and literary collections at the advanced high school to college levels." -California Bookwatch "Of special note is Richard Abel's 'Epilogue: Closing Remarks and Summary'. Enhanced with the inclusion of an extensive bibliography and a very useful index, "The Gutenberg Revolution: A History of Print Culture" is a truly informative read and should be considered a mandatory acquisition for academic library Writing/Publishing reference collections and supplemental reading lists." -Library Bookwatch "Richard Abel's The Gutenberg Revolution: A History of Print Culture is a scholarly and passionate opus that demonstrates how printing permeated every aspect of life throughout the Renaissance. Covering the eleventh through seventeenth centuries, the book reflects the author's rich life as scholar, historian, editor, publisher, bookseller, and writer. Illuminated by a resolute search for the good and the true amid the turmoil of transforming centuries, The Gutenberg Revolution should be read by anyone seeking a thoughtful perspective on the twenty-first century, for which, Abel demonstrates, the pre-and post-Gutenberg centuries have powerful messages." -Gordon Graham, editor, LOGOS 1990-2009
"The Gutenberg Revolution: A History of Print Culture describes the history and impact of the radical printing revolution, starting his narrative from the eighth century to the Renaissance and considering the new Christian and classical world fostered from the new print era. Gutenberg's innovation truly changed the world: this focuses on how the Cultural Revolution was shaped by printing and is a scholarly survey recommended for history and literary collections at the advanced high school to college levels." -California Bookwatch
"[I]t is thrilling to view Western history afresh through the prism of printed books as the engine of knowledge. As we try vainly to predict the social and epistemological consequences of the Internet, Abel's history not only limns a still-neglected history, it stands as a rare tribute to his forebears in publishing." --Angie Jabine, Reed Magazine "The Gutenberg Revolution: A History of Print Culture describes the history and impact of the radical printing revolution, starting his narrative from the eighth century to the Renaissance and considering the new Christian and classical world fostered from the new print era. Gutenberg's innovation truly changed the world: this focuses on how the Cultural Revolution was shaped by printing and is a scholarly survey recommended for history and literary collections at the advanced high school to college levels." --California Bookwatch "Of special note is Richard Abel's 'Epilogue: Closing Remarks and Summary'. Enhanced with the inclusion of an extensive bibliography and a very useful index, "The Gutenberg Revolution: A History of Print Culture" is a truly informative read and should be considered a mandatory acquisition for academic library Writing/Publishing reference collections and supplemental reading lists." --Library Bookwatch "Richard Abel's The Gutenberg Revolution: A History of Print Culture is a scholarly and passionate opus that demonstrates how printing permeated every aspect of life throughout the Renaissance. Covering the eleventh through seventeenth centuries, the book reflects the author's rich life as scholar, historian, editor, publisher, bookseller, and writer. Illuminated by a resolute search for the good and the true amid the turmoil of transforming centuries, The Gutenberg Revolution should be read by anyone seeking a thoughtful perspective on the twenty-first century, for which, Abel demonstrates, the pre-and post-Gutenberg centuries have powerful messages." --Gordon Graham, editor, LOGOS 1990-2009
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Main Description
One of the most puzzling lapses in accounts of the rise of the West following the decline of the Roman Empire is the casual way historians have dealt with Gutenberg's invention of printing. The cultural achievements that followed the fifteenth century, when the West moved from relative backwardness to remarkable, robust cultural achievement, would have been impossible without Gutenberg's gift and its subsequent widespread adoption across most of the world. Richard Abel follows the radical cultural impact of the printing revolution from the eighth century to the Renaissance, addressing the viability of the new Christian/Classical culture. Although this culture proved too fragile to endure, those who salvaged it managed to preserve elements of the Classical substance together with the Bible and all the writings of the Church Fathers. The cultural upsurge of the Renaissance (fourteenth to seventeenth centuries), which resulted in part from Gutenberg's invention, is a major focus of this book. Abel aims to delineate how the cultural revolution was shaped by the invention of printing. He evaluates its impact on the rapid reorientation and acceleration of the cultural evolution in the West. This book provides insight into the history of the printed word, the roots of modern-day mass book production, and the promise of the electronic revolution. It is an essential work in the history of ideas.
Main Description
One of the most puzzling lapses in historical accounts of the rise of the West following the decline of the Roman Empire is the casual way historians have dealt with Gutenberg's invention of printing. The cultural achievement that followed the fifteenth century, in which the West moved from relative backwardness to remarkable, robust cultural achievement is unimaginable absent Gutenberg's gift and its subsequent widespread adoption across most of the world. In this book, Richard Abel describes the historical background of the radical cultural impact of the printing revolution. He begins from the eighth century to the Renaissance noting the viability of the new Christian/Classical culture. While it proved too fragile to endure, those who salvaged it preserved elements of the Classical substance together with the Bible and all the writings of the Church Fathers. The cultural upsurge of the Renaissance of the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries which resulted in part from Gutenberg's invention, is a major focus of the work. Abel aims to delineate how the Cultural Revolution was shaped by the invention of printing and its impact on the rapid reorientation and acceleration of the evolution of the culture in the West. This book provides insight into the history of the printed word, the roots of modern-day mass book production, and the promise of the electronic revolution. It is an essential work in the history of ideas.
Main Description
One of the most puzzling lapses in accounts of the rise of the West following the decline of the Roman Empire is the casual way historians have dealt with Gutenbergs invention of printing. The cultural achievements that followed the fifteenth century, when the West moved from relative backwardness to remarkable, robust cultural achievement, would have been impossible without Gutenbergs gift and its subsequent widespread adoption across most of the world.Richard Abel follows the radical cultural impact of the printing revolution from the eighth century to the Renaissance, addressing the viability of the new Christian/Classical culture. Although this culture proved too fragile to endure, those who salvaged it managed to preserve elements of the Classical substance together with the Bible and all the writings of the Church Fathers. The cultural upsurge of the Renaissance (fourteenth to seventeenth centuries), which resulted in part from Gutenbergs invention, is a major focus of this book.Abel aims to delineate how the cultural revolution was shaped by the invention of printing. He evaluates its impact on the rapid reorientation and acceleration of the cultural evolution in the West. This book provides insight into the history of the printed word, the roots of modern-day mass book production, and the promise of the electronic revolution. It is an essential work in the history of ideas.
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Main Description
In this book, Richard Abel describes the earlier centuries that form the background to understanding the radical cultural impact of the printing revolution. He begins with the eighth century Carolingian Renaissance and the twelfth century Renaissance, noting the viability of the new Christian/Classical culture of the West. While both proved too culturally fragile to endure, those who salvaged those two earlier Renaissances preserved elements of Classical substance together with the Bible and all the writings of the Church Fathers. The cultural upsurge of the Renaissance of the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries, which resulted in part from Gutenberg’s invention, is a major focus of the work.
Main Description
In this book, Richard Abel describes the earlier centuries that formthe background to understanding the radical cultural impact of theprinting revolution. He begins with the eighth century CarolingianRenaissance and the twelfth century Renaissance, noting the viabilityof the new Christian/Classical culture of the West. While both provedtoo culturally fragile to endure, those who salvaged those two earlierRenaissances preserved elements of Classical substance together withthe Bible and all the writings of the Church Fathers. The culturalupsurge of the Renaissance of the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries,which resulted in part from Gutenberg's invention, is a majorfocus of the work.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Examines how the cultural revolution was shaped by the invention of printing & the impact this had on the rapid reorientation & acceleration of the evolution of culture in the West.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. ix
A Brief Account of the History of the Culture of the West to 1450p. 1
Gutenberg's Printing Revolution and the Cultural Revolution of the Last Half of the Fifteenth Centuryp. 23
The Spread of Printing and Its Consequences in the Sixteenth Centuryp. 75
The Cultural Triumph of the Seventeenth Century and the Role of Print Thereinp. 127
Epilogue: Closing Remarks and Summaryp. 161
Bibliographyp. 171
Indexp. 185
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