Originally Posted by MarkV
Parts of Europe had no written language until comparatively late. The educated elite often used Latin. The thing that enabled the spread of some written language in Europe was the introduction of printing and the Reformation for example
thanks all replies
I just did a quick search and did ''not know'' printing started so long ago--1440 it says...? I'm sure I've read it before, though--and now that you mention it--I think I remember that as a Jeopardy
so not only did they have the written language--they could mass produce it
..Wiki really calls it a game changer--
In Renaissance Europe, the arrival of mechanical movable type printing introduced the era of mass communication, which permanently altered the structure of society.
threatened the power of political and religious authorities.
and the invention of machines is part of the topic of the thread--they invented the printing machine ''before'' printing
..I'm sure they had basic-rudimentary ''printing'' before that
..I guess there was a need for mass producing writing/etc--
..so it looks like technology builds on itself--technology of printing advances education/etc---and so on --like a snowball