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Print, Politics and the Provincial Press in Modern Britain


Edited By Ian Cawood and Lisa Peters

The provincial newspaper was read by peers, politicians and the proletariat alike. It is striking, however, how limited a range of newspapers and journals are o ered for analysis in most historical studies of the political media in modern Britain. The predominance of the London political press and Punch in academic discourse appears to derive largely from the easy availability of these papers and journals to modern scholars rather than their actual distribution and popularity. Consequently, there has been hitherto a distinct lack of attention given to the British regional press by historians. This collection aims to correct this imbalance by investigating the development, maturation and persistence of the provincial political press in the British Isles in the modern era. Chapters covering aspects of the Irish, Yorkshire, Welsh, Scottish and Midlands political press are included to ensure a representative geographical spread of provincial Britain. These chapters cover previously neglected aspects of print culture, political literacy and reading practices across the regions of Britain in the late eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to o er an introduction to research in this burgeoning field of study.
CONTENTS: Duncan Frankis: «That Nefarious Newspaper»: The Dublin Evening Post, 1789–1794 - Judith Davies: A «Paper War»: John Rann, George Walters and the Political Print Culture in Dudley, Worcestershire, c. 1814–1832 - Susan Thomas: «One of the Most Extraordinary Publications Which Has Ever Appeared …»: George Edmonds v the Monthly Argus - Helen Williams: «Mr O’Connor, Famous Chartist, Visits Town»: Reporting Chartism in South-west Scotland - Paul Wilson: Hopeful Words and the Neighbourly Order of the World: Revealing Radical Language Practice through Traces of Temporary Ownership - James Brennan/Ian Cawood: «We Must Get In Front of These Blighters»: Political Press Culture in the West Midlands, 1918–1925 - Lisa Peters: «We Defy Mr Watkin Williams to Point to a Single Instance … Where His Personal Character Has Been Assailed»: The Wrexham Guardian v Watkin Williams, MP - Victoria Clarke: Identifying the Readers and Correspondents of the Northern Star, 1837–1847 - Catherine Ferris: The Freeman’s Journal, Evening Packet and Saunders’s News-Letter: Musical Identities, Political Identities.