War Correspondence

  • Catherine WatersEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)


This chapter considers war correspondence through a case study of the Franco-Prussian war of 1870–71. Ever since William Howard Russell’s famous dispatches from the Crimea for the Times served to diminish the distance between the home front and remote battlefields in the 1850s, the British reading public had come to demand reports from ‘Our Special Correspondent at the seat of the war’. While the Civil War in America had a significant impact upon the development of special correspondence in American newspapers, it was the Franco-Prussian war that marked a watershed in war reporting in Britain. It represented a turning-point in the careers of Russell and Archibald Forbes, as old and new transport and communication technologies competed to deliver the latest intelligence.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EnglishUniversity of KentCanterburyUK

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