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The Media in Scotland$
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Neil Blain and David Hutchison

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627998

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627998.001.0001

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The History of the Press

The History of the Press

(p.55) 4 The History of the Press
The Media in Scotland

Neil Blain

David Hutchison

Edinburgh University Press

In this chapter the development of the press in Scotland from the eighteenth century on is examined and situated in a wider British framework. The context of early newspapers is discussed, as is their political significance; the contribution of radical publications and their battles with governments, which wished to suppress them, is described. The distinctiveness of nineteenth century periodicals such as the Edinburgh Review is also discussed, as are the very different magazines and comics published by the Dundee based D.C. Thomson. Attention is given to the evolving technology of the press from hand printing to computer generated copy. The challenges from other media and from Scottish editions of English titles are examined.

Keywords:   early newspapers, radical publications, evolving technology, challenges, English titles

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