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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