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The Organisation of Knowledge in Victorian Britain$
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Martin Daunton

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263266

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263266.001.0001

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

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

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(p.262) (p.263) Chapter Twelve: The Promotion and Constraints of Knowledge: The Changing Structure of Publishing in Victorian Britain
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The Organisation of Knowledge in Victorian Britain
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James Raven

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263266.003.0012

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

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