The Americanization of the British Press, 1830s-1914: Speed in the Age of Transatlantic Journalism

Hardcover | November 15, 2011

byJoel H. Wiener

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This is the first book to compare and contrast the history of journalism in Britain and America during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. It traces the emergence on both sides of the Atlantic of mass circulation newspapers with millions of readers and explores seminal cross-cultural and literary issues such as the impact of increased literacy and the evolution of a democratic culture. Key aspects of modern print journalism are explored, including sports and crime reporting, gossip columns, headlines, front-page news, comic strips, advertisements, the widespread use of pictures, human-interest stories, war reporting and the emergence of women in journalism. Above all, the impact of speed and technological innovation are considered, with primary emphasis on the telegraph, typewriter and telephone. Likewise, the histories of key transatlantic newspapers are analyzed, as are the careers of influential journalists and press barons such as James Gordon Bennett, Alfred Harmsworth, Joseph Pulitzer, W. T. Stead, T. P. O'Connor and William Randolph Hearst.

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This is the first book to compare and contrast the history of journalism in Britain and America during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. It traces the emergence on both sides of the Atlantic of mass circulation newspapers with millions of readers and explores seminal cross-cultural and literary issues such as the impact of in...

JOEL H. WIENER is Professor Emeritus of History at the City University of New York, USA. He has published and edited many books and articles on British press history and aspects of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century British History. His books include The War of the Unstamped (1969) and Papers for the Millions: the New Journalism in Bri...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.62 inPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230581862

ISBN - 13:9780230581869

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Fear of Americanization
The Beginnings of Sensationalism
The Democratization of News
The Stimulus of War
Expansion of the Press
Gossip and other Matters
The New Journalism: Pulitzer and Stead
A Mass Press: Hearst and Harmsworth
The Modernization of Journalism
Selected Bibliography