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Transylvania in German Newspapers: Systems of Reporting and the News Stories of György II Rákóczi, 1657– 1658

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The news of Transylvania came not only via the nearest news centre in Vienna with ties to Hungary, but also through the Polish-Prussian system in the north, with each system concentrating on those events which most affected the reporting region, rather than demonstrating any more general interest in Transylvania. As a result, the two waves of events - the invasion of Poland by Rákóczi in 1657 and the invasion of Transylvania by the Ottomans in 1658 - are told from different perspectives. This chapter explores these two reporting systems, defining which cities report news of Transylvania, and further, which locations are cited as a source of the information conveyed. Afterwards, the subjects of politics, religion, and violence will be examined, and distinctions drawn about the selection of events covered and patterns in language usage for each reporting location.

Keywords: Polish-Prussian system; political events; religious language; Transylvanian army; violence words



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