Effects Of The Printing Revolution

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The Printing Revolution: Facilitating the Success of Major European Movements Gutenberg himself could not have predicted the immense impact his invention would have on forever shaping the landscape of Europe. The advent of the printing press, a revolution in and of itself, helped lay the foundation for the major movements observed in early modern Europe. Professor Daly contends that “no other single breakthrough can be as directly credited with initiating so much revolutionary change.” To which I wholeheartedly agree. The very fabric of European society was beginning to change. All across Europe, a time of great intellectual achievement and rebirth was underway. Transformative movements in culture, religion, and science were impacting all …show more content…
The printing revolution directly helped spur the revolutionary powers of the Renaissance, Reformation, and Scientific Revolution because information and knowledge of …show more content…
The Renaissance was a time of great intellectual enlightenment. Numerous classical texts that were discovered, translated, and published had changed the outlook and altered the mindset of medieval European intellectuals. As stated by Elizabeth Eisenstein, “Merely by making more scrambled data available, by increasing the output of Aristotelian, Alexandrian, and Arabic texts, printers encouraged efforts to unscramble these data.” The very essence of Europe was changing and at the basis of it were the ideas that these newfound texts were trying to convey. Seen as a seemingly intrinsic characteristic of the Renaissance, the value of individuality as expressed by humanistic ideology was further bolstered by the printing revolution. With access to more substantive reading materials, scholars were able to refute older theories and sought out new intellectual ideas of their own. As intellectuals incorporated older texts with their current study, a multitude of ideas could be combined to create entirely new systems of thought. Scholars all across Europe could now collaborate and cross-reference each other’s work leading to enriched systems of thought. However, the intellectual ideas being formulated were not only for the inquiring minds of scholars. For the transformative powers of the Renaissance to truly be felt, the revolutionary

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