First published in 1987, this is a comprehensive analysis of the rise of the British Press in the eighteenth century, as a component of the understanding of eighteenth century political and social history. Professor Black considers the reasons for the growth of the "print culture" and the relations of newspapers to magazines and pamphlets; the mechanics of circulation; and chronological developments.
Extensively illustrated with quotations from newspapers of the time, the book is a lively as well as original and informative treatment of a topic that must remain of first importance for the literate historian.
1. Development of the Metropolitan Press 2. 'As Full as an Egg': Balancing the Contents of the Press 3. Holding up the Truest Portraits of Men's Minds 4. Sources and Distribution Cost and Circulation 5. The Press and the Constitution 6. Controlling the Press: Censorship and Subsidies 7. The Press and Europe 8. English Enlightenment or Fillers? 9. Conclusion: A Changing Press Altering Society