The Challenge of New Modes of Communication

Ulrich L. Lehner

in Enlightened Monks

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199595129
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729096 | DOI:
The Challenge of New Modes of Communication

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Every monastery was in itself a place of networking, and a considerable number of monasteries engaged in various modes of communication. These forms entailed not only the correspondence between monastic houses and with scholars of different denominations, but also networking within scholarly societies and communication through published media. By participating in the newly established communication circles of the 18th century, the proponents of the monastic Enlightenment joined the overall Enlightenment process of overcoming social and confessional divides by creating a public discourse, decreasing prejudice and treating all academic disciplines equally.

Keywords: communication networks; journals; academic and scholarly societies; public discourse; clandestine monastic Enlightenment

Chapter.  12168 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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