Milton L. Mueller: 0000-0002-9114-8259
Communications History, Postal Systems, English Civil War, Sovereignty, Surveillance
Communication | Economic History | Infrastructure | International Relations | Journalism Studies
An original and provocative analysis of the role of communications in the Thirty Years War and the English Revolution of 1640-1649. The years covered by the book saw the first printed new periodicals, the opening of the royal postal system to public correspondence, the monopolization of the posts by the state, and the exploitation of this communications infrastructure for surveillance and news purposes by the emerging territorial state. The book argues that all these developments were related aspects in the emergence of a currency of the word, a change in the temporal status of literate media. Printed commentary now flowed synchronously alongside the events it described creating dispersed publics and major changes in political institutions. Both the Thirty Years War and the English Revolution were simultaneous and violent reformulations of power relations among territorially dispersed political authorities.
Mueller, Milton L., "The Currency of the Word: Communications, War and Revolution in the formation of the Nation-state, 1608-1655" (1988). School of Information Studies - Faculty Scholarship. 185.
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