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publishing to contemporaneous concerns like Germany’s rearmament, the importance of the unity of the Empire, and the essential role foreign journalism played in maintaining core cultural values (22). The abundant illustrations provided from magazines and newspapers give the reader a tangible sense of the rich array of publishing outlets in competition, as well as the global networks influencing narrative evolution. Overall, the expansion of the publishing industry is convincingly portrayed as integral to the growth and cultural of the British Empire. Belk ends this thorough study of adventure fiction by pointing to its influence on the development of a common literary vernacular, from New Zealand to Barbados, Hong Kong to the American Midwest. The networks that made these global reading communities possible have historically been difficult to map, but advances in digital humanities scholarship make it likely that our understanding of these complex relationships will continue to become accessible, ensuring decades of interest in the way publishing shapes our cultural engagement and understanding. 164