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Daniel
Lee

Mrs.
Jansen

Honors
World History Period 3

12/18/17

The
Printing Press’s Most Important Consequence

During the
1450’s, the printing press, an invention that hugely impacted Europe during the
Renaissance, was created by a business man named Johannes Guttenberg. With all
its might and glory, the printing press was a machine that allowed for large
amounts of texts to be printed in bulk, something that could not have been done
before. The printing press served many different purposes, first starting as a
machine that could print out bibles in many different languages, to a tool that
could help record and store information. Without the printing press, several
different things such as letters that held important information, and works of
literature such as the “Odyssey” would
not have been created. So, due to the spread of religious texts in many
different languages, the creation of geographical records of the world exploration,
and the creation of many works of literature that allowed for an expansion of
general knowledge, one can clearly see that the printing press’s most important
consequence was how freely ideas could be expressed via means of print.

 

First, one can clearly see the most
important consequence of the printing press being how freely ideas could be
expressed and spread when one sees how fast religious texts spread within
Europe. To start off, in Document 2, the reader is given a map that shows a
comparison between the number of printing presses there were in Europe, circa
1471 with the number of printing presses that were in Europe circa 1500. In
1471, there were barely any printing presses to be seen in Europe, but after a
short 29 years later, in 1500, almost all of Europe had the printing press. With
the abundance of the printing press, Europe was able to print many bibles in various
languages, which allowed them to freely express their ideas. The concept of
“ideas being freely expressed” can again be seen religiously in document 5 when
the reader is shown a map of the spread out of religions in Europe, 1560. The
map shows that every country in Europe was either Protestant, Catholic or both.
Document 2 and Document 5 both positively correlate with each other to prove
that ideas could be freely expressed with the printing press because bibles
could be printed out in numerous languages, which allowed for the spread of
Christianity within Europe.  Because there
were lot of printing presses in Europe, there were also a lot of opportunities where
people could print out bibles and share their religious belief, allowing for
religion to spread. Not only do these two documents prove that the printing
press allowed for religion to spread within Europe, they prove the fact that
ideas being expressed freely is the most important consequence the printing
press had created.  

 

Secondly, one can see the
consequence of the printing press when one sees the world maps that were printed
to what explorers knew about the world at that time. Document 7 first shows the
reader of these printed maps. The document itself states that the maps were
printed and as the reader can clearly see, the maps get more and more accurate
over the years, proving that with the printed maps, explorers were able to
improve and/or add onto the map when they discovered something new. With the
printing press, explorers could get the world maps very easily and it would not
take as long as it would have for a cartographer to draw out the world. This
made things very efficient for the Europeans to go exploring; they did not have
to go exploring without any knowledge because they would always have a map
ready at hand and information about exploration that printed out before.  Also, in document 6, there is a map showing
how Columbus’s letter to the king of Spain was spread all over Europe. In this
letter, he includes things like, “On the thirty-third day after I departed from
Cadiz. I came to the Indian Sea, where I found many islands inhabited by men
without number, of all which I took possession for our most fortunate king, with
proclaiming heralds and flying standards. No one objecting” (Document 6). This
quote shows Columbus’s discovery which may have been helpful to other explorers
who wanted to go where Columbus was or near where he was. With the printing
press, this information was printed and sent all over the world, creating
geographical records of the explorer’s expeditions.  With those geographical records, people were
able to know more and more about the world. These geographical records of the world’s
exploration further prove that ideas being expressed freely is the most
important consequence the printing press had created. 

           

Finally, the most important
consequence of the printing press is ideas being expressed freely because it
could allow for the creation of many works that allowed for an expansion of the
peoples’ general knowledge. The printing press allowed for many pieces of
literature to be created. Evidence of this can first be seen in Document 8 when
the author of the document lists, “Ten Important Works of Classical and Medieval
Authors” (Document 8). In this document, the author listed different works of
literature such as works form Homer, Aristotle, and Plato. These works of
literature were all printed with the printing press and without many of these
works of literature that were listed, not many people would have known the
knowledge that these men knew and wrote in their books. Another example of this
can be seen in document 9, where the author writes about, “Ten Important Works
of Early Modern Writer” (Document 9). Niccolo Machiavelli, the writer of The Prince, the book that informs people
how to achieve and maintain power, was on this list. Many leaders depended on
this book to help them find a way to achieve, maintain, and gain power, but
without the printing press, this book would probably have never made it into
the hands of anyone other than Machiavelli. These works of literature help
finalize and prove that ideas being expressed freely is the biggest consequence
that came out of the printing press because without the invention of the
printing press, great philosophers like Aristotle and Plato would have never have
gotten to share their ideas on paper.

 

In conclusion, the spread of
religious texts, such as the bible, the creation of printed maps thanks to exploration,
and the creation of many knowledgeable works of literature that allowed for philosophers
to share and express their ideas, prove that the most important consequence of the
printing press is ideas being expressed freely. The spread of religious texts prove
that the most important consequence of the printing press is ideas being expressed
freely because, as stated above, it allowed people to express their religious beliefs.
The creation of printed maps prove that the most important consequence of the
printing press is ideas being expressed freely because it allowed for explorers
to express what they had found whilst exploring. Finally, the creation of many knowledgeable
works of literature proved that the most important consequence of the printing
press is ideas being expressed freely because it allowed famous philosophers to
express ideas on paper that they couldn’t have if there were no printing press.