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The Printing Press and why it's important
In 1440, the printing press was created and delivered books to the general public. It was an adaptation on the older Chinse printing press but the letters could be removed and reused so that books could be made much faster than writing them. It was first used to create the English bible and deliver it to the general public.
The cause of the event
The movable type printing press was originally created to deliver the need of the general public as books were incredibly expensive as someone needed to write them by hand so only the richer classes could afford them. The creation of the printing press is cloudy but it is clear that the chinese first created it then it was adopted by Europeans and modified so they could change the type and make more books faster and cheaper. It worked by having a mould for each letter which was slotted in rows and then pressed. Gutenberg created his system based on olives presses and it was so good it lasted for 350 years.
Impact of the event
This invention meant that the normal person could afford books. Books could be mass produced very quickly and cheaply. The average person could learn what was in them and escape from the lies of the church and their rulers. It arguably ended the Dark Ages and started discoveries by the general public thus increasing their standing.
The Printing Press
Why The Invention of the Printing Press was historical important
What makes a particular event important to History?
For an event to be historically important it must affect a large number of people in a truly significant way and have major repercussions that can still be seen today. War, for example affects people by killing or maiming them and damaging them sociologically and psychology, changing their boarders, rulers and their individual rights, safety, housing, religions language and way of life. To this day WW1 and WW11 still affect many Europeans and others throughout the world.
Why the printing press was important to history.
The printing press was important to history as it arguably caused the end of the Dark Ages. The Dark Ages was a period of time in which there was a cover up of information and the general public was lead to believe crazy things like you could pay to get into heaven. The printing press helped end the Dark Ages as the general public could get access to books and become properly informed of the latest ideas and understandings. By reading the bible for example, people could see how their Church was wrong in many of their extreme teachings and proclamations. This caused uprisings that the Church could not control and the population became hungry for the truth and knowledge. This gave them more power and their rulers who were keeping them in the "dark" were over thrown. The printing press also allowed people to record their ideas and theories and publish them widely which sparked other ideas etc. There was a knowledge explosion and it still continues today.
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