The Dawn of the Cheap Press in Victorian Britain: The End of the 'Taxes on Knowledge', 1849-1869 (Paperback)
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The Dawn of the Cheap Press in Victorian Britain: The End of the 'Taxes on Knowledge', 1849-1869 (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 18/06/2015
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The Dawn of the Cheap Press provides the first detailed study of the mid-Victorian campaign for the repeal of the taxes on knowledge for over a hundred years. Using the recently discovered papers of the Association for the Promotion of the Repeal of the Taxes on Knowledge and taking advantage of new forms of research made possible by the digitisation of nineteenth century newspapers, it assesses the impact of the removal of the last surviving legal disabilities on the newspaper industry, the nature of journalism, and the cultures and practices of newspaper reading. The book demonstrates that the campaign against the taxes on knowledge retained broad popular appeal, and played an important role in the politics of mid-Victorian budgets. It not only makes a seminal contribution to the history of the nineteenth century press and print culture, but also illuminates the culture and politics of mid-Victorian Britain, offers an important re-reading of the history of extra-parliamentary pressure group politics and provides new insights into the origins of Gladstonian Liberalism.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781474243322
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 487 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 18 mm


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A meticulously researched account of the mid-Victorian phase of the campaigns against press taxes -- Melissa Score, Birkbeck University, UK * Reviews in History *
Hewitt's political and economic approach to the press is illuminating ... Chapter 6 is the most detailed analysis to date of British newspaper publishing from 1855 to 1869 ... Beyond its value as political history, this is a useful sourcebook on mid-century newspaper publishing. -- Andrew Hobbs, University of Central Lancashire, UK * SHARP News *

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