ABSTRACT: This essay reconstructs the main events in the history of publishing and printing in Sicily between the end of the XVIII century and the beginning of the XIX century. It reconnects them to the issue of book circulation at a delicate time characterised by the Jesuit expulsion and the abolition of the Inquisition, which also featured anti-Jacobin repression and English-style constitutional experience. The irrefutable publishing boom on the island met the renewed needs of the urban elite and the huge Bourbon reform plan, but inevitably suffered a setback in 1799 when censorship – now firmly in the hands of the government – prevented it from expanding further by restricting the scope of movement in the free market. With the new century, the rise of political journalism gauged the interests at stake and the level of maturation and political awareness of the ruling class. The brief constitutional experience of 1812, whose corollary was the affirmation of the principle of freedom of the press and the abolition of censorship, ended with the Bourbon Restoration, triggering a new period of conflict.
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||MEDITERRANEA. RICERCHE STORICHE|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
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