[PW] ?Marshall McLuhan quote

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Tue Apr 19 11:51:25 PDT 2016


Jeanne Schramm scripsit:

> McLuhan states that the printed word through "cultural saturation"
> in the 18th century "homogenized the French nation" and opened the
> way for the Revolution.

He's wrong.  It wasn't until after the Revolution that the whole idea
that everyone in France should speak (never mind read and write) French
began to catch on, and it wasn't until the 19C and early 20C that it
actually happened.  Before that, France was as linguistically diverse
as Italy or Germany.  See Graham Robb's book _The Discovery Of France_.

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