Expanding the existing framework of a Franco-German axis of dissemination of print culture, this essay discusses a pan-European geography of the book trade to account for the dissemination of foreign-language editions circulating from the nineteenth-century Leipzig book industry and connecting publishers all over the European continent. More specifically, it reconsiders the history of the Brockhaus firm by highlighting its transnational links and the shared practices of the European publishers prior to copyright legislation and the rise of nationalism.
In 2018, the crisis of print media hit German pop journalism hard. Following Groove, Intro and Melodie und Rhythmus, Spex – the most influential magazine of German pop journalism – too ceased production. This article examines the history of Spex as one fraught with frequent endings and crises – a process that ultimately led to the self-historicization of the magazine.
Magazines bring together heterogeneous texts – texts various in content, genre, and authorship. This affects the ways magazines produce knowledge. They not only accumulate individual articles but in doing so also offer the possibility to compare between the articles. Using examples from German World War I magazines, this paper demonstrates the comparative epistemological potential of the magazine.