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The Promotion and Constraints of Knowledge: The Changing Structure of Publishing in Victorian Britain

James Raven

in The Organisation of Knowledge in Victorian Britain

Published by British Academy

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263266
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734854 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263266.003.0012

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

The Promotion and Constraints of Knowledge: The Changing Structure of Publishing in Victorian Britain

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This chapter discusses the expansion of publishing and its role in organising knowledge in late Victorian Britain. The greater capitalisation of the industry during the later eighteenth and in the mid and later nineteenth century enabled the expansion of printing and publishing. Book trade profits resulted from the greater diversification of trading practices and financial infrastructure. Prominent publishing houses, like Macmillan, were able to broaden their market appeal to become general trade publishers and dominate the British publishing industry. The chapter also discusses the legislative constraints on publishing and how they erected political and legal barriers to the social extension of knowledge and education during the Victorian period.

Keywords: publishing; knowledge; printing; book trade; Macmillan; British publishing; legislative constraints

Chapter.  10701 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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