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Revolutions from Grub Street: A History of Magazine Publishing in Britain

Howard Cox and Simon Mowatt


This book provides a study of magazine publishing in Britain from the perspective of the entrepreneurs and commercial enterprises that created its history. Convulsed by social, political, and technological revolutions, the industry has proved both adaptable and resilient. Using a range of source materials, the study traces magazine production from the earliest examples of individuals seeking to earn their living as Grub Street hacks, hawking popular reading matter around eighteenth-century London, through to the global multi-media conglomerates that produce and distribute a vast range of moder ... More

Keywords: Grub Street, business history, magazine publishing, printing trade unions, mass-circulation magazines, IPC, dominant producer, press monopoly, customer-driven magazine, desktop publishing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199601639
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601639.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Howard Cox, author
Professor of International Business History, University of Worcester

Simon Mowatt, author
Associate Professor of Management, AUT Business School