La revolució de la impremta. La contribució de la tipografia al desenvolupament de la Catalunya moderna
210 pp. 2020
The book wasn’t the principal contribution of the print to the progress of Humanity. The most significative contribution, the most revolutionary, was the production of a series of minor works wich made favorable the modernization of society. Starting from this idea, the author proposes a change of paradigm in the valoration about the impact in the invetion of typography. Using the case of Catalonia during the XVI to the XVII centuries, it’s shown how the print had effect on almost every aspect of human activity. The general and extensive utilization of bulletins (similar to actual forms) improved the workings of the administration and the institutions, the tax collection, the comerce and the maritime transport; it contributed to the safeguarding of health and the public oder as well as helping the organization of justice, defence and religious practice. The use of the print wasn’t exclusive to the cities but it also arrived to the rural zones. In combination with the mail, it favoured communication, the circulation of information, the governability and the territorial cohesion. The teaching books had great importance in order to teach the town in reading. The revolution of the print was made possible because the typographic workshops were transformed into extraordinary instruments of paper makers in grand scales, with a productive capacity that situated them on the same height as other activities in the industrial era.
Xevi Camprubí i Pla (Tona, 1965) is a professor of modern history at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, as well as graduated in journalism and audiovisual communication by this university and doctor in history by the University of Barcelona. His thesis, L’impressor Rafael Figueró (1642-1726) i la premsa a la Cataluna del seu temps (2018), received a nomination to the “Premi Claustre de Doctors de la Universitat de Barcelona” (2016) and the “Premi Crítica Serra d’Or en Recerca-Humanitats” (2019). “Una síntesi, La premsa a Catalunya durant la Guerra de Successió” (2016) he won, ex aequo, the “Premi Ferran Soldevila (2014). His actual research is centered on education in the modern era, wich is why he obtained the scholarship “Memorial Joan Camps” (2018), with the project L’ensenyament públic a Granollers i comarca entre els segles XVI i XIX and the “Premi Plana de Vic” (2019) with the work L’educació dels minyons a Vic i comarca a l’època moderna
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