The Development of the International Book Trade, 1870-1895: Tangled Networks

Hardcover | December 15, 2010

byAlison Rukavina

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An international trade emerged between 1870-1895 that incorporated the circulation of books among countries worldwide. A history of the social network and select agents who sold and distributed books overseas, this study demonstrates agents increasingly thought of the world as a negotiable, connected system and books as transnational commodities.

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An international trade emerged between 1870-1895 that incorporated the circulation of books among countries worldwide. A history of the social network and select agents who sold and distributed books overseas, this study demonstrates agents increasingly thought of the world as a negotiable, connected system and books as transnational c...

ALISON RUKAVINA teaches in the English and Film Studies Department at the University of Alberta, Canada, where she completed her PhD in 2007.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:December 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023027563X

ISBN - 13:9780230275638

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Social Networks
Developing Distribution Channels and the Social Network
Piracy, Copyright, and the International Book Trade
The International Book Trade
The Colonial Booksellers Agency
Conclusion
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

'This is an absolutely first-rate work at the very cutting edge of book history research, which for the last few years has been increasingly turning away from national models towards the international trade. Despite this, there exists at present no concerted account of the vast expansion in global publishing during the closing phases of British imperialism. At the moment we have specialised accounts of particular firms, but nothing that brings all these accounts together into a concerted overview of the whole nexus: the 'tangled network' of international trade at a vital period in its expansion. This book does all of that, enabling us to view each strand as part of a world tapestry. It is scrupulously researched. It is superbly written. Theoretically as well as empirically sophisticated, it engages intelligently with the most rewarding debates going on in book history at the present time. It is, in fine, a must." -- Professor Robert Fraser, Open University, UK