During the Romantic era, periodicals played an important role in the expansion of the reading public. As the number and range of periodicals proliferated in Britain in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, these diverse publications came to be regarded as crucial agents of social progress, diffusing knowledge and shaping cultural taste. By focusing on the links between politics and emotions in periodicals, this symposium aims to deepen understanding of the affective dimensions of this crucial phase in the development of public opinion.
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