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Ideological Hesitancy in Spain 1700-1750$
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Ivy L. McClelland

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780853230977

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317323

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Disturbing Effects of the Periodical Press

Disturbing Effects of the Periodical Press

(p.138) Chapter 6 Disturbing Effects of the Periodical Press
Ideological Hesitancy in Spain 1700-1750
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During at least the first twenty years of the eighteenth century, the periodical press in Spain did not have the power to disrupt established ideas. In the next decade, the clandestine El Duende de Madrid (The Madrid Elf) circulated privately in dealing with political matters. Its influence was thus limited to the private sphere. Branches of free-range journalism intended for the general public had yet to assume an organised form. The periodical press was considered state-controlled, reporting newspapers or astrological almanacs. Strict state censorship of the early decades, from 1701, confined the weekly Gaceta de Madrid, and, by extension, the provincial newspapers, to approved news items. These newspapers reported politically national news that was paternally concerned with topics such as Spain's victories in war, or the health, movements, and activities of the Royal Family.

Keywords:   Spain, periodical press, newspapers, El Duende, journalism, censorship, Gaceta de Madrid, news

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