Fugger newspaper

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The Fugger newspaper of January 20, 1568

The Fuggerzeitung is a predecessor of the modern newspaper in the early modern period that managed to get by without the then new media technology of letterpress printing . The Fugger newspapers consisted of handwritten appendices to the correspondence of the Augsburg trading house Fugger in the years 1568 to 1605. Reports, reports and transcripts on the subject of war and politics predominate with around three-quarters.

The Fugger newspapers comprise a total of around 35,000 pages and are the most famous of the so-called business letters . The texts were written mainly by employees, friends or agents of the recipients and - to a lesser extent - by special newspaper writers.


  • Johannes Kleinpaul: Die Fuggerzeitungen 1568–1605 (= treatises from the Institute for Newspaper Studies at the University of Leipzig. Vol. I, H. 4). Published by Emmanuel Reinicke, Leipzig 1921.
  • Karl Schottenloher: leaflet and newspaper. A guide through the printed daily literature. Volume 1: From the beginnings to 1848. RC Schmidt, Berlin 1922 (new edition: Ed. By Johannes Binkowski, Klinkhardt and Biermann, Munich 1985, ISBN 3-781-40228-2 ).
  • Oswald Bauer: Newspapers in front of the newspaper. The Fugger newspapers (1568–1605) and the early modern news system (= Colloquia Augustana. Vol. 28). Akademie, Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-05-005158-1 ( review ).

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