Thursday, February 01, 2007

Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther

Harvey J. Graff writes

"The Protestant Reformation is said to be one of the greatest positive
forces toward the spread of literacy and schooling."

In the reading "Early Modern Literacies" by Harvey J. Graff, the author talks about the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther and how his writings were propaganda against the Catholic Church and started reform movements. Luther's writings were wide spread and the pamphlets and posters he composed were spread by peddlers. Printing is what had made the propaganda possible, and was generally the direct cause of the peasant's revolt.

I had found this reading most intertesting and informative because it talks about how without the use of printing and literacy of the people, Martin Luther's writings would not have had as much significance as they did. Religious works were printed and published the most because most people who knew how to read were involved in the churches. It is an example of early communication and propaganda.


At 11:32 AM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A very good post.

Understanding how Protestantism spread literacy and the demand for print is a key idea. The advent of print made the spread of heretical ideas easier. These revolutionary ideas created a demand for more information and educated a public which becomes a market for books and other printed matter.


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