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HIST 1705 Revolutionary Media: How Books Changed History (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

The printing press changed the course of history in Europe and the Americas. This course centers on the book as a vehicle for the production and spread of ideas during the first three centuries of printing (1450–1800). By paying close attention to the material book and its makers—authors, printers, readers, and owners—we will explore some of the era’s great political and cultural upheavals, especially the Reformation, scientific revolution, and revolutions in France, North America, Haiti. Such events appear as more intensely human and local when seen through the lens of printed books, their makers, and their readers.


Instructor(s): Virginia Reinburg

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Core Renewal Course: Enduring Questions


Last Updated: 03-Mar-17