Johannes Gutenberg: The Invention Of The Printing Press

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Before the invention of the printing press, only monasteries, education institutes, and the extremely rich had books. It was a painstaking process to create a book because one had to measure and outline the page and then copy the text from another book. The invention of the printing press in 1445 by Johannes Gutenberg allowed for more books to be reproduced at a much quicker rate and for them and their information to be spread to people all over the world (Head). The invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg had a lasting impact on the spread of ideas, most notably religion, which helped concepts from the Protestant Reformation spread across Europe leading to the creation of new denominations of Christians worldwide.
The printing press originated in China in the early second century. However, most people today believe the printing press came from Europe. In spite of this, the idea of printing didn’t reach Europe until the late 1430’s. Even then, the printing press wasn’t fully created for 15 more years. When Europe adopted the Chinese ways of printing, the society and way of life dramatically changed. For instance, “the growing availability and affordability of printed texts later resulted in increasing levels of mass literacy
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Gutenberg’s mass production of the bible now called the Gutenberg bible was the first substantial book to be produced and recreated on a major scale. Once thought to only be for the rich, “Printing stimulated the literacy of lay people and eventually came to have a deep and lasting impact on their private lives”(Kreis). So, the printing press allowed people to develop their own ideas and thoughts because now most people had access to all of the same documents (Kreis). Therefore, people were able to learn, if they chose, all of the same information the scholars

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