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date: 19 April 2021

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This chapter explores the print revolution of the 1640s and 1650s, by examining quantitative and qualitative change, the collapse of censorship and the attempts to restore press control, and dramatic change relating to cheap print, news, and authorship. It shows that print culture was central to the upheavals of the English revolution, in terms of its causes, course, and consequences, as the domestication of topical discussion and debate fostered a vibrant dialogic culture. It also argues that the emergence of a ‘public sphere’ was integral to a broader transformation in political culture, as print became central to the mobilization of citizens, and to the creation, testing, and invoking of public opinion. By helping to enlarge the political nation and foster participation, print culture thus reflected, facilitated, and shaped lasting political change.

Keywords: print, censorship, propaganda, news, public opinion, participation, debate

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