Everyday News in the Early Modern Mediterranean

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This article uses John Looker’s remarkably detailed journal of his voyage from England to Constantinople as a case study of how English travellers in the Mediterranean engaged with information through informal processes of exchange – including letters, gossip and guesswork. In doing so, the article shows how information crossed between, over, and through different communities, and how cross-cultural or cosmopolitan exchange could easily break down. It shows how informal everyday news informed and were an important part of the day-to-day lives of sailors, merchants, and other travellers, a-s they negotiated cross-cultural encounters in a connected world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-408
Number of pages20
JournalCultural and Social History
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2022


  • Global
  • Information
  • Maritime
  • News
  • Travel


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