CULTURE AND EXCHANGE: recreating the communication networks of early modern Europe
The project “Culture and Exchange” focuses a novel combination of humanities, social science and information science methods on unique materials in European libraries, to study a phenomenon of worldwide significance: namely, the historic transition to modern communication networks, which took place in the early modern period. Our purposes is to provide the first detailed description of the political information networks that began to join the cities of Europe in this period. Project funding is used to invent and implement digital methodologies facilitating a systematic analysis and comparison of early modern newspaper collections onsite and by way of currently available databases, which contain evidence for how news stories were born, how they grew and how they came to be widely distributed. Major partners in this initiative are the Graduate School of University College Cork, Ireland, the Presseforschung unit at Uni Bremen in Germany, the University of Venice, the Medici Archive Project in Florence, the University of Louvain.
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