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By Jack Censer

The novel principles of Voltaire and Rousseau significantly encouraged the French Revolution, yet how did a whole new release know about such rules ahead of the Revolution? Censer marshals an enormous literature with the intention to offer a coherent and unique interpretation of the position of the French press within the dissemination of social and political rules within the years prime as much as the Revolution. He additionally explores the connection among newshounds and govt officers, and finds a number of subtle censorship strategies hired by way of the govt. to maintain "Bad information" off front pages.

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Because many differences stemmed from the coverage of the same event in the reports of several cities, these contradictions reinforced a perception of the newspaper as an accumulation of many biases alien to the reader. Certain discrepancies among stories—especially when different national origins were not involved—might have estranged readers from events in an entirely different way. Such divergence portrayed the world as complex, if not confused. In this fashion the world receded from the reader.

It is likely, then, that the propagandistic side of the revolutionary press would not have made readers feel distanced from events. An example which illuminates most of these points regarding the revolutionary press is the Révolutions de Paris’s coverage of the suppression of mutineers at Nancy on August 30–31, 1790. 36 Also common was the intensity of its coverage of the Nancy incident—the brutal repression by the Marquis de Bouillé of a mutiny by soldiers who, imbued with revolutionary principles, wanted to change military practice.

And the newspapermen gave other direct testimony on their remove from events. From the very beginning of the Gordon Riots, the Courtier’s writers accepted their dependence on distant correspondents. ” But it is in the precise language of the issue of June 30, which attempted to explain the contradictory reporting about the suspension of laws, that we can appreciate best the relationship of the editor to the news. The Courrier noted: We have had too much confidence in our correspondents who were private individuals: these have noted that martial law was 20 THE POLITICAL PRESS not proclaimed: now a very reliable paper has asserted the reverse and we have not been able to do more than give faith to this last version.

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