Not many art forms could claim to be responsible for the greatest sociopolitical changes in history. However, the invention of movable type is arguably the reason we live in the world we do today.
A History of Letterpress
JOHANNES GUTENBERG AND THE INVENTION OF MOVABLE TYPE
Early books used hand-written forms of typography. Because of the intensive labour involved in producing books, they became a luxury available only to the very rich. Without books, a vital source of education, the majority of the global population remained illiterate, often relying on the word of institutions such as churches to provide them with knowledge. But things began to change with the invention of movable-type printing in Europe.
German printer Johannes ...