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Parteylichkeit and the Periodical Press

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The concept of partiality has been largely overlooked not a genuinely socialist one 'invented', for instance, by certain nineteenth or early twentieth-century theorists of the working class. This chapter explores the real historical conditions that allowed the term Parteylichkeit to establish itself in the German vernacular. This historical framework can be described primarily as one of media history. The term Parteylichkeit was critically practiced and ultimately became familiar in everyday language through the debate surrounding what was then the new and hotly contested medium of the newspaper. The chief aim is to bring together conceptual history and the history of the media. The critical discussion about newspapers took place in a period when newspapers already played a significant political and economic role in Germany. It seems quite paradoxical that the 'belated nation' Germany, of all places, was anything but belated in this media sector.

Keywords: 'belated nation'; conceptual history; German vernacular; media sector; Parteylichkeit



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