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Aural And Eyewitness Testimony: Reading, Writing, And Discussions Of Current Affairs In Jan De Boer'S Chronological Journal (1747–1758)

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Jan De Boer supplemented his daily jottings with what he learnt from 'aural and eyewitness testimony', as he called it himself. His diary therefore provides a good opportunity to place his daily relationship with the printed word in a wider context of communication. What were the channels through which news reached people in the eighteenth century, what news was disseminated by aural, written and printed means, and how did these various media relate to one another? This chapter explores these issues on the basis of Jan De Boer's sources of information for two specific years. Newspapers fulfilled another important role for De Boer, they contained journalistic accounts. Although they were rarely his first source of information about new developments, they described the circumstances of the events concerned in more detail than other sources.

Keywords: aural and eyewitness testimony; Jan De Boer; journalistic accounts



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