The Economist, 1843-2003

February 17 2008

Not many people know that every word of The Economist from its foundation in 1843 until 2003 is online. Many libraries give free access. For example

Gale is also responsible for a fully-searchable archive for The Times from 1785 to 1985. (Both are models of how to do the job.)


The Tablet, 1840. Voice for recently-emancipated English Catholics, but never merely a religious paper, and lay-owned from 1840 to ’68 and since 1935.

Burke’s Peerage, 1840.

Punch, 1841.

New York Tribune, 1841.

Tauchnitz Library of British and American Authors, 1841. Launched in English in Leipzig, the centre of publishing in the old Germany. An astounding project, with 5,370 volumes in the main series (1841-1943). Circulated everywhere outside the UK and its colonies. The Library respected the British and American authors’ rights.

Illustrated London News, 1842.

The Economist, 1843.

Macmillan, 1843.

News of the World, 1843. A scandal sheet from the beginning.

Scientific American, 1845. The oldest continuously-published magazine in the US.

The Straits Times, 1845. Now not worth reading except to know the government line.

The Rambler, 1848-62. Anti-ultramontane periodical associated with the young Acton and Richard Simpson and not to be confused with Samuel Johnson’s Rambler.

Notes and Queries, 1849. Academic and still extant.

Who’s Who, 1849.


Review of Toynbee’s Survey of International Affairs for 1927, The Economist, July 13 1929


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