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Plagiarists, enthusiasts and periodical geography: A.F. Busching and the making of geographical print culture in the German Enlightenment, c. 1750-1800

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posted on 26.02.2018, 15:25 by Dean Bond
This article contributes to recent scholarship on the geography and history of the book by arguing for greater attention to ‘periodical geography’, which refers to the geographical knowledge contained in periodicals, and the geographies that shaped the ways periodicals were produced, circulated and read. To illustrate the potential for such work, the article discusses geographical periodicals in the context of the German Aufklarung (Enlightenment). It focuses in particular on the Wochentliche Nachrichten von neuen Landcharten und geographischen, statistischen und historischen Buchern und Schriften (Berlin 1773–87), edited by the prominent geographer Anton Friedrich Busching. The story of Busching’s periodical merits attention because it throws valuable light on the practical making of geography’s print culture and moral economy of knowledge in the Enlightenment. Busching’s story reveals that there were competing geographies of trust, authority and credibility at work within Enlightenment geography. It reveals that Busching’s periodical played a central role in reshaping geography’s moral and epistemological order in the later 18th century. In recounting this story, my broader agenda is to argue that the very periodicity and materiality of periodicals transformed the character of geographical print culture in the later 18th century.

Funding

Leibniz-Institut fur Europaische Geschichte (Mainz) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

Volume

42

Issue

1

Pages

58 - 71

Citation

BOND, D.W., 2016. Plagiarists, enthusiasts and periodical geography: A.F. Busching and the making of geographical print culture in the German Enlightenment, c. 1750-1800. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 42 (1), pp.58-71.

Publisher

Wiley © Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

06/04/2016

Publication date

2016-10-27

Notes

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: BOND, D.W., 2016. Plagiarists, enthusiasts and periodical geography: A.F. Busching and the making of geographical print culture in the German Enlightenment, c. 1750-1800. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 42 (1), pp.58-71, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/tran.12153. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions

ISSN

0020-2754

eISSN

1475-5661

Language

en