News Networks in Early Modern Europe

News Networks in Early Modern Europe

By Joad Raymond (editor)
Book Description

News Networks in Early Modern Europe attempts to redraw the history of European news communication in the 16th and 17th centuries. News is defined partly by movement and circulation, yet histories of news have been written overwhelmingly within national contexts. This volume of essays explores the notion that early modern European news, in all its manifestations – manuscript, print, and oral – is fundamentally transnational.

These 37 essays investigate the language, infrastructure, and circulation of news across Europe. They range from the 15th to the 18th centuries, and from the Ottoman Empire to the Americas, focussing on the mechanisms of transmission, the organisation of networks, the spread of forms and modes of news communication, and the effects of their translation into new locales and languages.

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Table of Contents
  • News Networks in Early Modern Europe
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • List of Figures and Tables
  • Places and Dates
  • Abbreviations and Other Conventions
  • Notes on Contributors
  • 1: News Networks in Early Modern Europe
  • PART 1: Networks
    • 2: European Postal Networks
    • 3: The Lexicons of Early Modern News
    • 4: News Networks: Putting the ‘News’ and ‘Networks’ Back in
    • 5: Maps versus Networks
    • 6: International News Flows in the Seventeenth Century: Problems and Prospects
    • 7: The Papal Network: How the Roman Curia Was Informed about South-Eastern Europe, the Ottoman Empire and the Mediterranean (1645–1669)
    • 8: The Iberian Position in European News Networks: A Methodological Approach
    • 9: Mapping the Fuggerzeitungen: The Geographical Issues of an Information Network
  • PART 2: Modes
    • 10: The History of a Word: Gazzetta / Gazette
    • 11: International Relations: Spanish, Italian, French, English and German Printed Single Event Newsletters Prior to Renaudot’s Gazette
    • 12: War News in Early Modern Milan: The Birth and the Shaping of Printed News Pamphlets
    • 13: Elizabethan Diplomatic Networks and the Spread of News
    • 14: Time in English Translations of Continental News
    • 15: Cartography, War Correspondence and News Publishing: The Early Career of Nicolaes van Geelkercken, 1610–1630
    • 16: News Exchange and Social Distinction
    • 17: ‘Newes also came by Letters’: Functions and Features of Epistolary News in English News Publications of the Seventeenth Century
    • 18: ‘My Friend the Gazetier’: Diplomacy and News in Seventeenth-Century Europe
    • 19: Intelligence Offices in the Habsburg Monarchy
    • 20: Authors, Editors and Newsmongers: Form and Genre in the Philosophical Transactions under Henry Oldenburg
  • PART 3: Studies
    • 21: News from the New World: Spain’s Monopoly in the European Network of Handwritten Newsletters during the Sixteenth Century
    • 22: The Prince of Transylvania: Spanish News of the War against the Turks, 1595–1600
    • 23: ‘Fishing after News’ and the Ars Apodemica: The Intelligencing Role of the Educational Traveller in the Late Sixteenth Century
    • 24: ‘It is No Time Now to Enquire of Forraine Occurrents’: Plague, War, and Rumour in the Letters of Joseph Mead, 1625
    • 25: ‘Our Valiant Dunkirk Romans’: Glorifying the Habsburg War at Sea, 1622–1629
    • 26: A Sense of Europe: The Making of this Continent in Early Modern Dutch News Media
    • 27: The Hinterland of the Newsletter: Handling Information in Space and Time
    • 28: ‘We have been Informed that the French are Carrying Desolation Everywhere’: The Desolation of the Palatinate as a European News Event
    • 29: Promoting the Catholic Cause on the Italian Peninsula: Printed Avvisi on the Dutch Revolt and the French Wars of Religion, 1562–1600
    • 30: The Acquisition and Handling of News on the French Wars of Religion: The Case of Hermann Weinsberg
    • 31: ‘Secret and Uncertain’: A History of Avvisi at the Court of the Medici Grand Dukes
    • 32: Words on the Street: Selling Small Printed ‘Things’ in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Venice
    • 33: Natural Disasters and the European Printed News Network
    • 34: The ‘Trouble of Naples’ in the Political Information Arena of the English Revolution
    • 35: Public and Secret Networks of News: The Declaration of War of the Turks against the Empire in 1683
    • 36: From Vienna, Prague or Poland? The Effects of Changing Reporting Patterns on the Ceremonial News of Transylvania, 1619–58
    • 37: The Venetian News Network in the Early Sixteenth Century: The Battle of Chaldiran
  • Index
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