Knowledge and Communication in the Enlightenment World

This major new series from Boydell and Brewer considers the global history of knowledge transmission between the mid seventeenth and the mid nineteenth centuries. It aims to transform our understanding of the social history of knowledge in this critical period of political revolution, technological change and global encounter by publishing ground-breaking transnational studies of script, print, material culture, and communication networks. 

Book history and the history of print culture more generally have moved in recent years from the periphery to the mainstream of early modern and eighteenth century research in history and literary studies. This series will contribute to that trend by encouraging contributions from historians of science, ideas, religion and empire, as well as scholars working at the interface between literature and popular culture and in the emerging world of digital humanities. It will particularly encourage transnational work, reflecting the exciting range of trans-European and global research currently being done on the basis of newly accessible archives and libraries and thus providing a fresh and comparative perspective on the social history of knowledge.

Series Editors

James Raven is Professor of Modern History and Founding Director of the Centre for Bibliographical History at the University of Essex and a Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He is the author and editor of numerous books including The Business of Books: Booksellers and the English Book Trade 1450 ‐‑1850.

Professor James Raven
Department of History
Building 5NW.7.11
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
[email protected]

Mark Towsey is Professor in the History of the Book and Director of the Eighteenth-Century Worlds Research Centre at the University of Liverpool. His many publications include Reading History in Britain and America, c.1750-c.1840.

Dr Mark Towsey
Department of History
University of Liverpool
12 Abercromby Square
LIverpool, L69 7WZ
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The series emphasis will be on monographs, though very tightly edited collections may also be considered. The editors welcome proposals and preliminary enquiries from prospective authors. These should be sent in the first instance to the series editors or to the commissioning editor at Boydell and Brewer:

Dr Elizabeth McDonald
Commissioning Editor
Boydell & Brewer Ltd
P.O. Box 9
Suffolk, IP12 3DF
[email protected]