The invention of the printing press was one of the most crucial moments in the history of humanity. Written documents multiplied, their prices lowered and more people could have access to books and knowledge. It was a real revolution, but books needed readers and education was a privilege in the Modern Age. Compulsory primary education didn´t start until the 18th century and only in some parts of Europe.
If you want to learn more about the printing press, here you have some interesting links:
- The history of printing in Asia. The first printed documents were made in China in the 7th century:
These are two examples of Chinese printed banknotes:
- A history of the printing press:
- And here you have a demonstration about how the printing press worked: