Publishing in the First World War: Essays in Book History

Hammond, Mary and Towheed, Shafquat eds. (2007). Publishing in the First World War: Essays in Book History. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.



The twelve essays in this book, written by emergent young scholars as well as established names in the field, explore in depth for the first time the publishing and reading practices which were formed and changed by the First World War. Ranging from an exploration of British and Australian trench journals and the reading practices of Indian soldiers to the impact of war on the literary figures of the home front in Britain, these essays provide crucial new historical information about the production, circulation and reception of reading matter during a period of international crisis.

Meticulously researched and engagingly written, these essays will be rewarding reading for anyone interested in the literature and history of this period. Not only will they make a significant contribution to the specialist fields of literary studies and book history, they will also add new insights to our general understanding of propaganda, of nationalism, and of daily life in a world at war.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 8827
  • Item Type
  • Edited Book
  • ISBN
  • 0-230-50076-5, 978-0-230-50076-1
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  • Reviews:
    'This fine book presents important new research on the cultural history of the First World War. It brings neglected areas of knowledge into focus, deepening our understanding of book history, and of the complex and various activities undertaken by writers, publishers, propagandists, and journals during the war. The essays are lively, intelligent, well researched and well written. A valuable new study for scholars, and an excellent resource for students.' - Trudi Tate, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, UK.

    'A highly welcome contribution to the field, this book about publishing during the Great War addresses who was reading what, and where. The international scope of the volume demonstrates the interconnected world of print, and its documentation will ground future research in the field.' - Professor Margaret R. Higonnet, University of Connecticut, USA.
  • Keywords
  • Social and Cultural History; Literature and Context; Literature and Conflict; The First World War; Publishing; Book History; History of Reading; Cultural Studies.
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > English & Creative Writing
  • Research Group
  • History of Books and Reading (HOBAR)
  • Depositing User
  • Shafquat Towheed