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Freedom of the Press? Catholic Censorship During the Counter-Reformation

@article{Becker2021FreedomOT,
  title={Freedom of the Press? Catholic Censorship During the Counter-Reformation},
  author={Sascha O. Becker and Francisco Javier Bra{\~n}a Pino and Jordi Vidal-Robert},
  journal={Economic History eJournal},
  year={2021}
}
The Protestant Reformation in the early 16th century challenged the monopoly of the Catholic Church. The printing press helped the new movement spread its ideas well beyond the cradle of the Reformation in Luther's city of Wittenberg. The Catholic Church reacted by issuing indexes of forbidden books which blacklisted not only Protestant authors but all authors whose ideas were considered to be in conflict with Catholic doctrine. We use newly digitized data on the universe of books censored by… 
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