Q.:- Why do some historians think that print culture created the basis for the French Revolution?
Some historians think that print culture created the basis for the French Revolution because
(i) Printing of the ideas of the Enlightenment thinkers like Voltaire and Rousseau led to them being read by many people. As these writers attacked the despotic rulers and the authority of the Church, the readers saw the world through eyes that were questioning, critical and rational.
(ii) Print spawned a dialogue and debate culture in which all institutions, norms and values were discussed and re-evaluated.
(iii) By the 1780s, a lot of literature criticizing and mocking the royalty.The underground circulation of such literature increased hostile sentiments against the monarchy.