This book looks at the roots of a global visual news culture: the trade in illustrations of the news between European illustrated newspapers in the mid-nineteenth century. In the age of nationalism, we might suspect these publications to be filled with nationally produced content, supporting a national imagined community. However, the large-scale transnational trade in illustrations, which this book uncovers, points out that nineteenth-century news consumers already looked at the same world. By exchanging images, European illustrated newspapers provided them with a shared, transnational, experience.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Readers all over the world: The audiences of the Illustrated London News, l’Illustration and the Illustrirte Zeitung, 1842-1870; 2. The transnational trade in illustrations of the news, 1842-1870; 3. Foreign images of war: L’Illustration’s images of the Crimean War in Cassell’s Illustrated Family Paper; 4. Images of the World: The transnational trade in illustrations and the visual representation of the Universal Exposition of 1867; Conclusion; Bibliography
Thomas Smits is Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.