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Print Culture And The Modern World

Question 2:

Why did some people fear the effect of easily available printed books? Choose one example from Europe and one from India.

Answer:

The people who feared the effect of easily available printed books were the ones who held some power, whether in terms of religion, caste, class or politics. The fear was that their power and authority would get eroded if ideas questioning their power and authority gained mass popularity. In Europe, for example, the Roman Catholic Church conveyed its sense of apprehension for the print medium by s…

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