The Printing Revolution: Miracle of the Standardized Text

In my first article on the printing revolution, I explored Elizabeth Eisenstein’s assertion that what rendered printing a powerful new commercial industry was the reduction of man-hours needed to produce a high volume of copies. Now I want to turn my focus to how printing transformed the intellectual culture of Europe. Between...


The Printing Revolution: Commercial Consequences

Just how much did the rise of printing change the Western world? Elizabeth Eisenstein spent most of her career attempting to answer that question. I’ve picked up her book The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe, which is a judicious abridgment of the two-volume work that made her career. Over a series...