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Conclusion: Transnationalism and a Model for Scandinavian Pre-Reformation Book History

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This conclusion presents a few closing remarks on the key concepts discussed in the book From Gutenberg to Luther: Transnational Print Cultures in Scandinavia 1450-1525. The authors and works that could be found in Scandinavia could also be found elsewhere in late medieval and early modern Europe, along with a similarly limited readership. The book is distinguished from previous studies of Scandinavian print history by its implementation of three specific theoretical concepts: cultural transfer, transnationalism, and centre-periphery. It is especially concerned with the influence of information on the development of regional book cultures in a transnational context. Scandinavian protagonists often had detailed knowledge of non-Scandinavian book markets, knowledge that exerted decisive influence on the development of domestic book markets. The dynamics, statistics and volume of Scandinavian pre-Reformation book culture, which were woven into networks of international communications and trade, are adequately revealed only by means of a transnational perspective.

Keywords: non-Scandinavian book markets; regional book cultures; Scandinavian pre-Reformation book culture; transnationalism



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