The 1995 volume of Studies in Newspaper and Periodical History reflects a wide range of work on serial publication, chronologically, geographically and theoretically.
It traverses the period from 1700 to the 1970s and has a distinct international dimension with material covering the United States, England, Wales, Germany and Australia. In fact, two of our articles -- Jamie L. Bronstein's on the Land Reform movement and Peter Dowling's on the illustrated press in the nineteenth century -- illuminate the way in which traffic in serial publication crossed between countries, integrating elements within the different communities in the context of shared concerns over social issues or, simply, over maintaining some sort of personal contact with lands left behind. In this context serial publication both followed the expansion of international trade and acted as one of the sinews binding together different cultural elements of the ever-expanding global economic networks.
A number of theoretical issues are addressed in this volume. Michael Harris'piece raises questions about the way in which the serial is conceived of as an object of study and how it might be inserted into wider debates about the role of the serial in print culture and into the wider cultural processes of the eighteenth century. This is a theme taken up in a slightly different way in other contributions. Mark W. Turner argues that understanding the place of the literary periodical in the nineteenth