The Press, Censorship, and Public Opinion in the Modern Era
Stampa, censura e opinione pubblica in età moderna
Series "Universale Paperbacks il Mulino"
Publication Year 2011
This text offers an overview of the findings of a wide-ranging
set of studies that, in recent decades, have highlighted the crucial role played
by the press and censorship and the development of public opinion in the formation
of modern Europe. The author critically chronicles the history of books (with
a special focus on the advent of freedom of the press), re-interprets the evolution
of ecclesiastic censorship (assessing its cultural and civil consequences),
describes how European public opinion took shape, and addresses novel topics
such as the reasons underlying the prolonged absence of the press in the Arab-Muslim
world. The analysis of historical processes that involve the press, censorship
and public opinion allows the author to identify useful keys for understanding
current changes in the public sphere.
Sandro Landi teaches Modern History at Michel de Montaigne University in Bordeaux.