This is the first step, on what I hope will be an exciting journey of exploration for both myself and my readers. The purpose of this blog is twofold. The first is to create a space where I can share my knowledge and expertise about eighteenth century print culture. My work focuses on the production, distribution and consumption of printed matter in provincial cities around the Atlantic- particularly the cities of Baltimore in America and Belfast in Ireland.
I find the study of print, to be incredibly exciting because it can open our understanding of so many other areas of interest. Books, newspapers, and broadsides carried information to individuals at all levels of society. By tracing print, we can trace how ideas moved both in and between communities and individuals. By studying the ways print was produced we can get insights into the economic and social structures that governed eighteenth century life. No matter what your area of historical interest is, print has something to offer.
In addition to examining these themes, I hope to provide updates and reviews of new related publications, conferences and websites.
The second purpose of this site is to invite others to join the conversation. True advancements in scholarship happen through dialogue which provides us with new insights and allows us to hone our arguments. So please join the conversation.
The site is still a bit new, but more content is being added, so watch this space and see how things develop.