London Newspapers in the Age of Walpole: A Study of the Origins of the Modern English Press

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1987 - History - 255 pages
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Focusing on the mid-eighteenth century, this book provides the first clear view of the press of London, where the dominant patterns of organization and content of the English press were worked out.
 

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Contents

The Shaping of the London Newspaper
19
The Distribution of the London Newspapers
33
The Finances of the London Press
49
The Booksellers and Group Ownership
65
The Newspaper Printers
82
The Journalists
99
The Press and Politics
113
Political Control of the Press
134
The Content of the London Newspapers
155
Instruction and Entertainment
178
The London Press in MidCentury
189
Notes
198
Bibliography
233
Index
248
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