Revolutions from Grub Street charts the evolution of Britain's popular magazine industry from its seventeenth century origins through to the modern digital age. Following the reforms engendered by the Glorious Revolution of 1688 the Grub Street area of London, which later transmuted into the cluster of venerable publishing houses centred on Fleet Street, spawned a vibrant culture of commercial writers and small-scale printing houses. Exploiting the commercial potential offered by improvements to the system of letterpress printing, and allied to a growing demand for popular forms of reading matter, during the course of the eighteenth century one of Britain's pioneering cultural industries began to take meaningful shape. Publishers of penny weeklies and sixpenny monthlies sought to capitalise on the opportunities that magazines, combining lively text with appealing illustrations, offered for the turning of a profit. The techlogical revolutions of the nineteenth century facilitated the emergence
Howard Cox is Professor of International Business History at the University of Worcester, UK, where he has taught since 2004, During an academic career spanning over thirty years he has published widely in the fields of business history, international business, and corporate strategy. His well received account of the international tobacco industry The Global Cigarette was also published by Oxford University Press in 2000. Simon Mowatt is Head of International Business at Auckland University of Technology Business School, New Zealand, where he is Associate Professor of Management and Leader of the Business and Labour History Group. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International Business History, Henley Business School, UK, and held positions in Business Schools in the UK and Europe. Simon has published widely in the areas of business history, strategy, and innovation.