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"A timely and important contribution to the histories of early American politics and printing, Revolutionary Networks is an authoritative and engaging guide to the volatile compound of commercial calculations, logistical challenges, social connections, and political interests that produced the news for a new nation."

"Elegantly written and meticulously researched, Revolutionary Networks upends our understanding of the American Revolution. Adelman explains how printers shaped the revolution and struggled in the world they had wrought before finally laying the foundation of America's fourth estate. A must-read for those interested in early American politics and journalism."

"Adelman convinces us to put aside any fantasies of independent, heroic printers taking principled political stands and embrace instead the reality of businessmen printers who collected and collaborated to create the texts that shaped public opinion while reflecting it. In his telling, the celebrated 'free and open press' was a canny business strategy, thus reorienting our assumptions about the Revolutionary era in exciting new ways."

"There is surprisingly little substantial, archivally-resourceful scholarship on newspapers during the American Revolution. The work that does exist often focuses on the consumption of newspapers, rather than their production. For this reason alone, Adelman's Revolutionary Networks is an important contribution for early American historians. But through his careful reconstruction of printers' networks, he has done more than "fill a gap"—he has welcomed readers into a largely unfamiliar world in ways that will surprise and delight even those who are well-acquainted with early American newspapers."

"Revolutionary Networks is consequently an important work that partially applies a new reading of printers through the methods of book history, whereby the actual production of the product is central to the historical narrative. Sections of Revolutionary Networks that explore those methods of production, the technological constraints of printing, and the ways those procedures altered narratives of political change are important and relatively new within the historiography."

Revolutionary Networks
The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763–1789
Publication Date: 2019
Status: Available
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Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 280 pages
Illustrations: 9 b&w illus., 3 maps, 4 graphs
ISBN: 9781421428604