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Rosa Salzberg

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087035

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087035.001.0001

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‘Extreme Disorder and Confusion’: Policing the Ephemeral City

‘Extreme Disorder and Confusion’: Policing the Ephemeral City

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Ephemeral city

Rosa Salzberg

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores how various authorities in Venice sought to bring order to the flood of print and to urban culture more broadly, particularly from the middle decades of the sixteenth century. Government and Church bodies and also the guild of printers and booksellers worked sometimes with and sometimes against each other and in a rather sporadic fashion, however, their actions amounted to a campaign insistent enough to change the nature and role of print in urban culture. The chapter explores the progressive extension of control and censorship mechanisms over what could be printed and sold, by whom, when and where. It also briefly considers the increasing policing of the piazza and other urban spaces, so that by the end of the sixteenth century many of the activities discussed in earlier chapters could no longer be pursued freely.

Keywords:   Government, Church, guild, control censorship, policing, piazza

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