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The Routledge Companion to Children's Literature and Culture


The aim of this chapter is to trace the development of children’s books on the European continent before the First World War, with an emphasis on the social, economic, and cultural institutions that shaped these traditions. I touch briefly on landmark titles and survey the scholarly literature about European publishing for children, which is both extensive and, for some regions, longstanding. For the sake of brevity, the geographic emphasis is on the better-documented German and French texts with occasional excursions north, south, and east.


This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge/CRC Press in The Routledge Companion to Children’s Literature and Culture on November 30, 2023, available online:


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