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Selected specifically for undergraduate students in English history, politics, and literature, the 22 periodicals reproduced in this collection represent those that most significantly shaped and reflected British culture between 1732 and 1914.

By studying the themes of British literature, politics, economics, religion, and the fine arts that run through the titles, students can explore:

  • the development of British periodicals
  • fluctuations in the English political and religious climate during these centuries
  • developments and changes in popular literary tastes
  • the birth and growth of democratic and reformist ideals among the working class

Among the seven 18th-century periodicals in this series, The London Magazine (1732-85) provides students with the broadest perspective on middle-class British life during this period. This repository of assorted information reprints articles from other periodicals and includes Parliamentary debates, current news, biographical sketches, and book reviews.

The rival Monthly Review (1756-1817) demonstrates the beginnings of modern literary criticism, and those interested in 18th-century British literature and politics can read what celebrated men of letters thought about current topics in:

  • Christopher Smart's contributions to The Midwife (1750-52)
  • Samuel Johnson's pieces in The Literary Magazine (1756-58)
  • Oliver Goldsmith's and Tobias Smollett's writings in The British Magazine (1746-51)

There are also purely literary journals to augment those already mentioned, and researchers may compare the impact of serialized fiction with that of today's one-volume format by studying the pages of such publications as Ainsworth's Magazine (1842-54) and Macmillan's Magazine (1859-1901).

The scope of this select collection also spans the 19th-century radical press, offering the Political Register (1802-35), among others. Students of religion can trace the everchanging role of the church in political life through journals such as the Unitarian Monthly Repository (1806-38), which urged political liberalism and religious toleration.

These 22 titles were selected by Professors Daniel Fader and George Bornstein from UMI®'s English Literary Periodicals collection. Because this microfilm series is limited to the most prominent and/or representative periodicals of British thought, it is particularly recommended for undergraduate studies in English history, politics, and literature.

ACCESS: Reel guide with complete bibliographic information. Free with collection. Two Centuries of British Periodicals (Ann Arbor, 1974), a book by Daniel Fader and George Bornstein containing useful background essays and a bibliography. Also free with collection. Each reel begins with a contents page.

CATALOG CARDS: Cataloging based on AACR1, Library of Congress (7th Ed.) Subject Headings, Library of Congress compatible latest-title entries, and Library of Congress classification numbers.

VOLUME EQUIVALENT: 1,114 volumes

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