The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know About Itself

3.67 avg rating
( 79 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780300179088: The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know About Itself

The extraordinary history of news and its dissemination, from medieval pilgrim tales to the birth of the newspaper

Long before the invention of printing, let alone the availability of a daily newspaper, people desired to be informed. In the pre-industrial era news was gathered and shared through conversation and gossip, civic ceremony, celebration, sermons, and proclamations. The age of print brought pamphlets, edicts, ballads, journals, and the first news-sheets, expanding the news community from local to worldwide. This groundbreaking book tracks the history of news in ten countries over the course of four centuries. It evaluates the unexpected variety of ways in which information was transmitted in the premodern world as well as the impact of expanding news media on contemporary events and the lives of an ever-more-informed public.
 
Andrew Pettegree investigates who controlled the news and who reported it; the use of news as a tool of political protest and religious reform; issues of privacy and titillation; the persistent need for news to be current and journalists trustworthy; and people’s changed sense of themselves as they experienced newly opened windows on the world. By the close of the eighteenth century, Pettegree concludes, transmission of news had become so efficient and widespread that European citizens—now aware of wars, revolutions, crime, disasters, scandals, and other events—were poised to emerge as actors in the great events unfolding around them.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Andrew Pettegree is professor of modern history, University of St. Andrews, and founding director of the St. Andrews Reformation Studies Institute. He lives in Fife, Scotland.

Review:

‘Andrew Pettegree’s The Invention of News is a fascinating book - beautifully written, admirably organized, with a mass of information about even the most recondite means of collecting and transmitting news before 1800.’—Alastair Hamilton, TLS (Alastair Hamilton TLS 2014-06-20)

“Newspaper themselves were once new media. Yet as Andrew Pettegree explains in an elegantly written and beautifully constructed account, it took several centuries before they became the dominant medium for news.”—Peter Wilby, New Statesman (Peter Wilby New Statesman 2014-02-07)

“From imperial messenger and town crier to Citizen Kane: a vigorous history of the rise of the news business.”—Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews)

“If you have ever wondered how this noisy, self-important carousel got going, Pettegree's book will tell you.”—Jeremy Paxman, The Guardian (Jeremy Paxman Guardian 2014-02-19)

The Invention of News is. .a painstaking study of news networks before and during the early days of newspapers .[which] challenges our preconceptions about the news. . .[I]f you believe in the examined life, in reflecting on your own behaviour, [it is] hugely interesting."—Andrew Marr, Prospect (Andrew Marr Prospect 2014-03-01)

 ‘The Invention of News is a valuable addition to our knowledge of European cultural history. It is also an ambitious book [and] a good history. It illuminates and entertains. . .’—Adrian Tinniswood, Literary Review (Adrian Tinniswood Literary Review 2014-04-04)

“Pettegree gets through this vast, multidirectional mass of early modern material lucidly and expertly.”—Lawrence Klepp, The Weekly Standard (Lawrence Klepp The Weekly Standard)

“A fascinating account of the gathering and dissemination of news from the end of the Middle Ages to the French Revolution, when the newspaper came of age.”—Glenn Altschuler, The Huffington Post (Glenn Altschuler The Huffington Post)

Magisterial . . . The Invention of News is an outstanding introduction to the past that also helps us understand our future.”—Adam Kirsch, The Barnes and Noble Review (Adam Kirsch The Barnes and Noble Review)

“Pettegree relies on an impressive range of archival sources, including diaries, that illuminate how several individuals acquired and understood everyday events. This expansive view of news and how it reached people will be fascinating to readers interested in communication and cultural history.”—Library Journal, starred review (Library Journal)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 35.00
US$ 33.11

Convert Currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Dr. Andrew Pettegree
Published by Yale University Press, United States (2014)
ISBN 10: 0300179081 ISBN 13: 9780300179088
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press, United States, 2014. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The extraordinary history of news and its dissemination, from medieval pilgrim tales to the birth of the newspaper Long before the invention of printing, let alone the availability of a daily newspaper, people desired to be informed. In the pre-industrial era news was gathered and shared through conversation and gossip, civic ceremony, celebration, sermons, and proclamations. The age of print brought pamphlets, edicts, ballads, journals, and the first news-sheets, expanding the news community from local to worldwide. This groundbreaking book tracks the history of news in ten countries over the course of four centuries. It evaluates the unexpected variety of ways in which information was transmitted in the premodern world as well as the impact of expanding news media on contemporary events and the lives of an ever-more-informed public. Andrew Pettegree investigates who controlled the news and who reported it; the use of news as a tool of political protest and religious reform; issues of privacy and titillation; the persistent need for news to be current and journalists trustworthy; and people s changed sense of themselves as they experienced newly opened windows on the world. By the close of the eighteenth century, Pettegree concludes, transmission of news had become so efficient and widespread that European citizens-now aware of wars, revolutions, crime, disasters, scandals, and other events-were poised to emerge as actors in the great events unfolding around them. Bookseller Inventory # AAH9780300179088

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 33.11
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Dr. Andrew Pettegree
Published by Yale University Press, United States (2014)
ISBN 10: 0300179081 ISBN 13: 9780300179088
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press, United States, 2014. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The extraordinary history of news and its dissemination, from medieval pilgrim tales to the birth of the newspaper Long before the invention of printing, let alone the availability of a daily newspaper, people desired to be informed. In the pre-industrial era news was gathered and shared through conversation and gossip, civic ceremony, celebration, sermons, and proclamations. The age of print brought pamphlets, edicts, ballads, journals, and the first news-sheets, expanding the news community from local to worldwide. This groundbreaking book tracks the history of news in ten countries over the course of four centuries. It evaluates the unexpected variety of ways in which information was transmitted in the premodern world as well as the impact of expanding news media on contemporary events and the lives of an ever-more-informed public. Andrew Pettegree investigates who controlled the news and who reported it; the use of news as a tool of political protest and religious reform; issues of privacy and titillation; the persistent need for news to be current and journalists trustworthy; and people s changed sense of themselves as they experienced newly opened windows on the world. By the close of the eighteenth century, Pettegree concludes, transmission of news had become so efficient and widespread that European citizens-now aware of wars, revolutions, crime, disasters, scandals, and other events-were poised to emerge as actors in the great events unfolding around them. Bookseller Inventory # AAH9780300179088

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 34.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Andrew Pettegree
Published by Yale University Press (2014)
ISBN 10: 0300179081 ISBN 13: 9780300179088
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press, 2014. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0300179081

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 34.76
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Andrew Pettegree
Published by Yale University Press
ISBN 10: 0300179081 ISBN 13: 9780300179088
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 8
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Bookseller Inventory # B9780300179088

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 27.88
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.31
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Pettegree, Andrew
Published by Yale University Press (2014)
ISBN 10: 0300179081 ISBN 13: 9780300179088
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press, 2014. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # WY-9780300179088

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 25.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 12.07
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Andrew Pettegree
Published by Yale University Press 2014-02-04, New Haven |London, England (2014)
ISBN 10: 0300179081 ISBN 13: 9780300179088
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press 2014-02-04, New Haven |London, England, 2014. hardback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780300179088

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 30.65
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.05
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Pettegree, Andrew
Published by Yale University Press (2014)
ISBN 10: 0300179081 ISBN 13: 9780300179088
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 3
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press, 2014. Book Condition: New. 2014. F First Edition. Hardcover. . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780300179088

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 39.29
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Pettegree, Andrew
Published by Yale University Press
ISBN 10: 0300179081 ISBN 13: 9780300179088
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press. Book Condition: New. 2014. F First Edition. Hardcover. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780300179088

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 39.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Pettegree, Andrew
Published by Yale University Press (2014)
ISBN 10: 0300179081 ISBN 13: 9780300179088
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press, 2014. Couverture rigide. Book Condition: Neuf. Dust Jacket Condition: Neuf. Edition originale. 456 pages. Description de l'éditeur : "Long before the invention of printing, let alone the availability of a daily newspaper, people desired to be informed. In the pre-industrial era news was gathered and shared through conversation and gossip, civic ceremony, celebration, sermons, and proclamations. The age of print brought pamphlets, edicts, ballads, journals, and the first news-sheets, expanding the news community from local to worldwide. This groundbreaking book tracks the history of news in ten countries over the course of four centuries. It evaluates the unexpected variety of ways in which information was transmitted in the premodern world as well as the impact of expanding news media on contemporary events and the lives of an ever-more-informed public. Andrew Pettegree investigates who controlled the news and who reported it; the use of news as a tool of political protest and religious reform; issues of privacy and titillation; the persistent need for news to be current and journalists trustworthy; and people’s changed sense of themselves as they experienced newly opened windows on the world. By the close of the eighteenth century, Pettegree concludes, transmission of news had become so efficient and widespread that European citizens—now aware of wars, revolutions, crime, disasters, scandals, and other events—were poised to emerge as actors in the great events unfolding around them.". Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12478289436

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 32.06
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 10.68
From France to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Andrew Pettegree
Published by Yale University Press (2014)
ISBN 10: 0300179081 ISBN 13: 9780300179088
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Yale University Press, 2014. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # EH9780300179088

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 40.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.54
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book