Felix Cowan

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Articles by Felix Cowan

Emotional Accessibility: Illustrations and Editorial Cartoons in Late Imperial Russia’s “Kopeck Press”

In the years before the First World War and the Bolshevik Revolution, Russia was home to a thriving penny press. Journalists, publishers, and ambitious entrepreneurs in towns and cities across Russia created small newspapers written in simple, straightforward, and sensational language and sold them for the cheapest price possible, a single kopeck. These kopeck papers became Imperial Russia’s most widely-circulated news media genre in large part because their low price and accessibility appealed to a growing population of poor and less-literate people in a rapidly urbanizing Russia.

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