Print Culture and the French Revolution
Many historians felt that print culture was a major cause for the French Revolution.
Print culture and the French Revolution.
Printed material spread the ideas of the Enlightenment thinkers.
Their writings criticised tradition, superstition and despotism.
The writing propagated the view that everything should be judged through the application of reason and rationality.
They attacked the sacred authority of the Church and the dictatorial power of the state. Writing of Voltaire and Rousseau were very popular and people were influenced by them
Print created a new culture of dialogue and debate.
All values, norms and institutions were re-evaluated and discussed by the public who had started reasoning things.
New ideas of social revolution was born
In 1780s books criticised the morality of the royalty and the public who reads these books raised questions about the existing social order.
The sufferings of the common man were printed in contrast to the luxury enjoyed by the royalty.
Some books turned people hostile towards the monarchy.
Thus historian felt that the reading culture influenced people in a big way. All ideas were not accepted, as the common man had become literate and had gained the power to reason for himself.