The Edinburgh History of Scottish Newspapers, 1850-1950

W. Hamish Fraser

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Presents the first comprehensive examination of daily and weekly newspapers in Scotland in the century after 1850
  • Considers the city-based daily papers and the many local weeklies, which were the most extensively read papers throughout most of the period, containing international and national commentary as well as local reports
  • Captures the tone of the papers by focusing on such issues as the American Civil War, parliamentary reform, changing attitudes to politics, empire and social change
  • Considers issues that were regarded as being distinctively Scottish such as attitudes towards education, democracy and religion and how far Scottish newspapers contributed or undermined to the idea of a distinct Scottish identity
  • Examines growth of group ownership of Scottish papers in the 20th century and the reduced role of the local weekly press in shaping opinion and the extent of how far, by the 1940s, papers had changed from those in the 19th century

Filling a significant gap in the history of the Scottish press and in Scottish social history, this book draws on a range of sources. It examines the great expansion of Scottish newspapers, following the removal of the ‘taxes on knowledge’ through to the mid-20th century.

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Introduction1. The Scottish Press,1850-1900

Papers for the People2. Glasgow Dailies3. Glasgow's Weekly Papers 4. Edinburgh: The 1850s and 1860s 5. Edinburgh's Scotsman and Its Challengers 6. Dundee7. Aberdeen8. The North-East Counties9. Perthshire, Kinross-shire and Angus10. Lothians, Fife and Sterlingshire11. Lanarkshire and Clydeside12. Ayrshire, Dumfries, Galloway and the Borders13. Highlands and Northern IslandsMaking a Newspaper14. Proprietors, Editors and Journalists 15. Filling the Pages16. Getting it Out ThereMaking the News17. A Liberal Nation18. Not Ireland19. A Protestant People20. The Lure of Empire21. Scottish IdentityTwentieth Century22. The Complexities of Ownership23. Coping with the New24. ConclusionBibliographyIndex

This is a landmark book compensating for the strange neglect of Scottish newspaper history. It fills a large void, providing an incisive account of the development of the Scottish press in the century when newspapers were at the height of their power.
Professor James Curran, Goldsmiths, University of London

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