Past into Print: The Publishing of History in Britain 1850-1950

Leslie Howsam

© 2009

Past into Print explores history books and periodicals as sites of conflict and compromise in order to question how and why historical knowledge is created. Using primary documents and the history books of the period, Leslie Howsam combines two distinct strands of scholarship: the history of the book and publishing and the development of history as a scholarly discipline.

Howsam examines the relationships of historians and their publishers through correspondence and readers reports to reveal the assumptions that drove historical projects, which in turn came to shape the careers of writers, the reputations of publishing houses, and the values of a discipline. The first systematic exploration of the publishing history of history, Past into Print uncovers the ways in which historical writing was mediated by the book trade and traces how mid-Victorian narrative certainties gave way to twentieth-century disciplinary anxieties.

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  • Page Count: 192 pages
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Past into Print explores history books and periodicals as sites of conflict and compromise in order to question how and why historical knowledge is created.

Past into Print: The Publishing of History in Britain 1850-1950

Leslie Howsam

© 2009

Past into Print explores history books and periodicals as sites of conflict and compromise in order to question how and why historical knowledge is created. Using primary documents and the history books of the period, Leslie Howsam combines two distinct strands of scholarship: the history of the book and publishing and the development of history as a scholarly discipline.

Howsam examines the relationships of historians and their publishers through correspondence and readers reports to reveal the assumptions that drove historical projects, which in turn came to shape the careers of writers, the reputations of publishing houses, and the values of a discipline. The first systematic exploration of the publishing history of history, Past into Print uncovers the ways in which historical writing was mediated by the book trade and traces how mid-Victorian narrative certainties gave way to twentieth-century disciplinary anxieties.

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Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 7.1in x 0.8in x 9.9in
  • Reviews

    'Howsam provides not only a better and more rounded understanding of the development of British history as a practice and discipline, it opens up a realm of issues, themes, and questions that ought to be explored by all modern historians when they think about what they do and have done.'
    Stephen Heathorn
    Canadian Journal of History, vol45: Autumn2010
  • Author Information

    Leslie Howsam is a professor in the Department of History at the University of Windsor.

  • Table of contents

    Preface: Narrative and Discipline

    Chapter 1. Every Schoolboy Knows: Publishing the Narrative of England's Liberty, 1850-1863

    The Life Cyel of the History-Book Reader
    The Agency of the Publisher
    Tension between Professional and Popular Accounts of the Past
    History Books as Material Objects
    Nursery Histories and Their Competition
    New Editions of Old Titles


    Chapter 2. Quality and Profit: New Histories of England, 1863-1880
    Alexander MacMillan and the Historians
    The Clarendon Press (Oxford) and the Historians
    The Pitt Press (Cambridge) and the Historians


    Chapter 3. Breaking the Drowsy Spell of Narrative, 1880-1914
    Seeley and the Reading Public
    Browning and the Publishers
    New Formats for History: Periodicals and Series
    Acton and the Cambridge Modern History
    New Blood at Oxford


    Chapter 4. Historians and Publishers in an Age of War and Revolution, 1914-1929
    Revisions and Reiterations
    Ernest Barker at Oxford
    Belligerents and Ex-Belligerents, A Series
    Imagining an Oxford History of England
    More Histories at Cambridge
    The Cambridge Collaborative Histories
    The Power Sisters and Cambridge Histories for Children
    London Publishers 1914-1929


    Chapter 5. Knowledge in the Marketplace, 1930-1950
    The Cambridge Collaborative Histories
    History from the Oxford University Press
    History Books: Text, Object, Context


    Epilogue: History, Out of Print

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