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The Printed Book in Central Europe


Event Information

The Austro-Turkish war of 1716-1718 (detail). Hungarian national museum, Budapest
Dates of Event
29th June 2017 – 1st July 2017
Last Booking Date for this Event
15th June 2017
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The Printed Book in Central Europe: The 2017 St Andrews Book Conference 29 June - 1 July 2017

From its origins along the Rhine to its rapid spread eastward, the story of printing and its growth and development in Central Europe is overwhelmingly transnational. The first book with Cyrillic characters was the product of a German printer in Polish Cracow. The presses of Königsberg played a critical role spreading Reformation ideas throughout the Baltic world and beyond. The busy printers of Renaissance Prague catered to readers of Latin, Czech, German and Hebrew literature, later Yiddish and Italian as well. But despite the cosmopolitan nature of Central Europe’s print and literary culture, scholars have frequently worked within narrower interpretive frameworks defined by a single linguistic tradition.

This conference, hosted at the University of St Andrews in conjunction with the University of Minnesota, will intentionally cross borders of language, geography, culture, and religion as we seek to recover the rich and variegated world of the book in Central Europe (including Germany as well as other central and east European regions).

Image description: The Austro-Turkish war of 1716-1718 (detail). Hungarian national museum, Budapest


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