This lecture by Joad Raymond will look at Britain’s place in a European network of news communication between 1500 and 1700.
While there was a substantial two-way trade of news between Britain and the mainland, there was a kind of disconnect. London was the terminus of a postal network, an entrepôt, one of Europe’s great cities. It supplied regional markets within the British archipelago, but its contribution to the international news network was largely in terms of generating and sponsoring local news supplies. News wasn’t relayed elsewhere. It was therefore politically and symbolically central, but in terms of news it was peripheral. It thus provides an instructive contrast with Antwerp: from London, Europe seemed relatively far away.
Raymond will examine the trade in news in quantitative terms, and suggest how this plays out in the experience of Europe in Britain and of Britain in Europe. There may be some reflections on the modern world.
Joad Raymond, Professor of English at Queen Mary University of London, works on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century news communication, Milton, pamphleteering and print culture, and poetry. His books include: Making The News: An Anthology of the Newsbooks of Revolutionary England 1641-1660 (1993); The Invention of the Newspaper: English Newsbooks, 1641-1649 (1996); Pamphlets and Pamphleteering in Early Modern Britain (2003); and Milton’s Angels: the Early-Modern Imagination (2010). He also edited The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, vol. 1: Cheap Print in Britain and Ireland to 1660 (2011), and News Networks in Early Modern Europe (2016).
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