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Political Communication and Political Culture in England, 1558-1688$
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Barbara J. Shapiro

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804783620

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804783620.001.0001

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News, Information and Political Controversy

News, Information and Political Controversy

(p.25) Chapter Two News, Information and Political Controversy
Political Communication and Political Culture in England, 1558-1688
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This chapter concentrates on news and other forms of information and printed polemic with the aim of showing the extent to which the English were informed about personalities and events of political significance and about major political controversies. News, particularly printed news, developed a set of conventions and norms. In 1640 serial news in printed form dealing with domestic politics was the most obvious innovation. The news media were hardly champions of free speech versus an authoritarian government. Coffee house conversation about news and politics were a striking characteristic of English political culture. The coffee house also became an accepted part of political life. In general, the explosion of the news media during the periods 1640–42 and 1679–81 offers some sense of what the news marketplace would have been like without government counter-pressure.

Keywords:   news media, serial news, printed news, domestic politics, coffee house, English political culture, news marketplace

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