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Author(s): Bohrmann, Hans
Pamphlets A single sheet of paper which is printed on both sides with a political, social, commercial, or other message and which is distributed free of charge to a wide public. The special newspaper editions containing breaking news that came in after the printing deadline may also be regarded as pamphlets. Such special editions were more frequent during the World War, since the actuality of the newspapers regularly lagged behind the pace of events in spite of multiple issues per day. A precise …


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Author(s): Bohrmann, Hans
Newspapers The print medium that offers “the most recent topical events in quickest regular succession to the widest public” (Emil Dovifat). Newspapers became a mass product as society became industrialized. It was only after the First World War that they had to contend with significant competition from any other medium, and then in particular from the radio. Some 4,200 newspapers existed in Germany before 1914, and their numbers decreased during the war by just one thousand. The medium was soon …