Travelling Chronicles: News and Newspapers from the Early Modern Period to the Eighteenth Century


Travelling Chronicles presents fourteen episodes in the history of news, written by some of the leading scholars in the rapidly developing fields of news and newspaper studies. Ranging across eastern and western Europe and beyond, the chapters look back to the early modern period and into the eighteenth century to consider how the news of the past was gathered and spread, how news outlets gained respect and influence, how news functioned as a business, and also how the historiography of news can be conducted with the resources available to scholars today. Travelling Chronicles offers a timely analysis of early news, at a moment when historical newspaper archives are being widely digitalised and as the truth value of news in our own time undergoes intense scrutiny.
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Siv Gøril Brandtzæg, PhD (2012), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), is a postdoctoral scholar in the research project ‘Enlightenment News’ in Trondheim. She has published on eighteenth-century British and Scandinavian literature and media.

Paul Goring, PhD (1997), University of Wales, is Professor of British Literature and Culture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. He has published widely on eighteenth-century literature and theatre and is the editor of several essay collections and novels.

Christine Watson, PhD (2012), Uppsala University, is a scholar of Slavic studies, especially Russian manuscripts. She has published several articles on early modern news translations in a Slavic context.
Acknowledgements ix
Notes on Contributors xi
List of Illustrations xviii

Part 1: Introduction

A Network of Networks: Spreading the News in an Expanding World of Information
Paul Goring

Part 2: Exordium

1 Truth and Trust and the Eighteenth-Century Anglophone Newspaper
William B. Warner

Part 3: Archival Limits

2 Searching for Dr. Johnson: The Digitisation of the Burney Newspaper Collection
Andrew Prescott

3 Spreading the News within the Clerical Profession: Newspapers and the Church in the North of England, 1660–1760
Daniel Reed

Part 4: Manuscript, Print, Word of Mouth

4 All the News That’s Fit to Write: The Eighteenth-Century Manuscript Newsletter
Rachael Scarborough King

5 Christoff Koch (1637–1711):Sweden’s Man in Moscow
Heiko Droste and Ingrid Maier

6 What the Posol’skii prikaz Really Knew: Intelligencers, Secret Agents and Their Reports
Daniel C. Waugh

Part 5: Foreign Reporting

7 News of Travels, Travelling News: The Mediation of Travel and Exploration in the Gazette de France and the Journal de l’Empire
Marius Warholm Haugen

8 Foreign News Reporting in Transition: James Perry and the French Constitution Ceremony
Johanne Kristiansen

9 Diplomatic Channels and Chinese Whispers: Reception and Transformation of the Moscow Uprising of 1648 in Sweden and France
Malte Griesse

Part 6: Advertising

10 From Piety to Profit: The Development of Newspaper Advertising in the Dutch Golden Age
Arthur der Weduwen

11 Mercury as Merchant: The Advertisement of Novels in Eighteenth-Century Provincial English Newspapers
Siv Gøril Brandtzæg

Part 7: Control

12 Establishing a State-controlled Network for News Trading in the Swedish Baltic Provinces in the Late Seventeenth Century: Causes and Consequences
Kaarel Vanamölder

13 News versus Opinion: The State, the Press, and the Northern Enlightenment
Ellen Krefting

Part 8: Endpiece

14 Was There an Enlightenment Culture of News?
Andrew Pettegree
Scholars of history, literature and media, from postgraduate level and upwards, with an interest in the early history of news, newspapers, and international knowledge networks; also those interested in historical archives and their digitalisation.
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