The Intelligence Gazettes

Ian F. Mcneely

in The Emancipation of Writing

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520233300
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928527 | DOI:
The Intelligence Gazettes

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This chapter shows how institutions and culture came together within the new order actually to found new networks of post-Napoleonic sociability. Intelligence gazettes' novelty as a print medium consisted in rendering their individual components easy to abstract, collect, and peruse, gathering together the objects of civil society encyclopedically. In Württemberg, the central government's sponsorship of intelligence gazettes foundered on the difficulties inherent in constructing a loyal, active, and informed citizenry. The reforms favored two types of civic leaders, who proved central in establishing intelligence gazettes: local officials and guild printers. The view of civil society reflected in the history of the intelligence gazettes is one that delves under the surface of institutions—newspapers, commodity markets, local governments, civic associations, business establishments—to access the repertoire of cognitive and social practices sustaining them.

Keywords: intelligence gazettes; institutions; culture; post-Napoleonic sociability; Württemberg; civil society

Chapter.  6964 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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