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"Parent company "Taylor & Francis
Status Active
Founded 1851; 167 years ago (1851)
Founder "George Routledge
Country of origin United Kingdom
Headquarters location "Abingdon-on-Thames
Distribution World wide
Key people Jeremy North (MD Books)[1]
Publication types Books and "academic journals
Nonfiction topics "Humanities, "social science, "behavioral science, "education, "law
Official website routledge.com
2008 conference booth

Routledge ("/ˈrtlɪ/)[2] is a British "multinational publisher. It was founded in 1836 by "George Routledge, and specialises in providing "academic books, "journals, & online resources in the fields of "humanities, "behavioural science, "education, "law and "social science. The company publishes approximately 1,800 journals and 5,000 new books each year and their backlist encompasses over 70,000 titles.[3] Routledge is claimed to be the largest global academic publisher within humanities and social sciences.[4][5]

In 1998, Routledge became a subdivision and imprint of its former rival, "Taylor & Francis Group (T&F), as a result of a £90 million acquisition deal from "Cinven, a venture capital group which had purchased it two years previously for £25 million.[6] Following the merger of "Informa and T&F in 2004, Routledge become a publishing unit and major imprint within the Informa 'academic publishing' division.[7] Routledge is headquartered in the main T&F office in "Milton Park, "Abingdon, "Oxfordshire and also operates from T&F offices globally including in "Philadelphia, "Melbourne, "New Delhi, "Singapore and "Beijing.[8]



The firm originated in 1836, when the London bookseller "George Routledge published an unsuccessful guidebook, The Beauties of Gilsland with his brother-in-law W H (William Henry) Warne as assistant. In 1848 the pair entered the booming market for selling inexpensive imprints of works of fiction to rail travellers, in the style of the German "Tauchnitz family, which became known as the "Railway Library".[9]

The venture was a success as railway usage grew, and it eventually led to Routledge, along with W H Warne's Brother "Frederick Warne, to found the company, George Routledge & Co. in 1851.[10] The following year in 1852, the company gained lucrative business through selling reprints of "Uncle Tom's Cabin, (in the public domain in the UK) which allowed for it to be able to pay author "Edward Bulwer-Lytton £20,000 for a 10-year "lease allowing sole rights to print all 35 of his works [9][11] including 19 of his novels to be sold cheaply as part of their "Railway Library" series. [12]

The company was restyled in 1858 as Routledge, Warne & Routledge when George Routledge's son, Robert Warne Routledge, entered the partnership. Frederick Warne eventually left the company after the death of his brother W.H. Warne in May 1859 (died aged 37).[13] Gaining rights to some titles, he founded "Frederick Warne & Co in 1865, which became known for its "Beatrix Potter books.[14] In July 1865, George Routledge's son "Edmund Routledge became a partner, and the firm became George Routledge & Sons.[15]

By 1899 the company was running close to bankruptcy. Following a successful restructuring in 1902 by scientist "Sir William Crookes, banker "Arthur Ellis Franklin, "William Swan Sonnenschein as managing director, and others, however, it was able to recover and began to acquire and merge with other publishing companies including J. C. Nimmo Ltd. in 1903. In 1912 the company took over the management of Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., the descendant of companies founded by "Charles Kegan Paul, Alexander Chenevix Trench, "Nicholas Trübner, and George Redway.[16]

These early 20th-century acquisitions brought with them lists of notable scholarly titles, and from 1912 onward, the company became increasingly concentrated in the academic and scholarly publishing business under the imprint "Kegan Paul Trench Trubner", as well as reference, fiction and mysticism. In 1947, George Routledge and Sons finally merged with Kegan Paul Trench Trubner (the umlaut had been quietly dropped in the First World War) under the name of Routledge & Kegan Paul.[17] Using C.K Ogden and later "Karl Mannheim as advisers the company was soon particularly known for its titles in "philosophy, "psychology and the "social sciences.

In 1985, Routledge & Kegan Paul joined with Associated Book Publishers (ABP),[18] which was later acquired by "International Thomson in 1987. Under Thomson's ownership, Routledge's name and operations were retained, and, in 1996, a "management buyout financed by the European "private equity firm "Cinven saw Routledge operating as an independent company once again. Just two year later, Cinven and Routledge's directors accepted a deal for Routledge's acquisition by "Taylor & Francis Group (T&F), with the Routledge name being retained as an imprint and subdivision.[19]

In 2004, T&F became a division within "Informa plc after a merger. Routledge continues as a primary publishing unit and imprint within Informa's 'academic publishing' division, publishing academic "humanities and "social science books, journals, reference works and digital products. Routledge has grown considerably as a result of "organic growth and acquisitions of other publishing companies and other publishers' titles by its parent company.[20][21][22] Humanities and social sciences titles acquired by T&F from other publishers are "rebranded under the Routledge "imprint.[21]


The famous English publisher "Fredric Warburg was a "commissioning editor at Routledge during the early 20th century. Novelist Nina Stibbe, author of "Love, Nina, worked at the company as a commissioning editor in the 1990s.[23]


Routledge has published many of the greatest thinkers and scholars of the last hundred years, including "Adorno, "Bohm, "Butler, "Derrida, "Einstein, "Foucault, "Freud, "Hayek, "Jung, "Levi-Strauss, "McLuhan, "Marcuse, "Popper, "Russell, "Sartre and "Wittgenstein. The republished works of these authors have appeared as part of the Routledge Classics[24] and Routledge Great Minds series. Competitors to the series are Verso Books' "Radical Thinkers, "Penguin Classics and "Oxford World's Classics.


Encyclopaedias & Reference Works[edit]

Taylor and Francis closed down the Routledge print encyclopaedia division in 2006. Some of its publications were:

Reference Works by Europa Publications, published by Routledge:

Many of Routledge's "reference works are published in print and electronic formats as Routledge Handbooks and have their own dedicated website: Routledge Handbooks Online.[29] The company also publishes several online encyclopedias and collections of digital content such as Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy,[25] Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism[30] Routledge Performance Archive,[31] and South Asia Archive.[32]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Managing Director, Humanities & Social Science Books, Taylor & Francis Group". Informa. 
  2. ^ "Upton, Clive; Kretzschmar, Jr., William A. (2017). The Routledge Dictionary of Pronunciation for Current English (2nd ed.). Routledge. p. 1164. "ISBN "978-1-138-12566-7. 
  3. ^ "About Us – Routledge". Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Publishing With Us – Routledge". Taylor & Francis Group. 2016. 
  5. ^ "Outsell HSS Market Size Share Forecast" (PDF). 
  6. ^ "Books merger yields windfall of £6m". The Independent. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Academic Publishing". 
  8. ^ "T&F Group Global Offices". 
  9. ^ a b "Yellowbacks: III – Routledge's Railway Library". Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "UCL Library Services: Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd Archives – 1850–1984". Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  11. ^ Sutherland (2009:527,553).
  12. ^ Barnes, James J.; Barnes, Patience P. (2004). "Routledge, George". "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. "doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/24184.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  13. ^ "Geni – William Henry Warne (1822–1859) – Genealogy". Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "ketupa.net – Taylor and Francis Informa". Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Routledge, George (DNB00)". DNB. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  16. ^ "The Lucile Project,"PUBLISHER: Kegan Paul, Trench & Company; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Company, London"". University of Iowa. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  17. ^ Franklin (1987),
  18. ^ Whipp (1992:47)
  19. ^ Clark & Phillips (2008:xvi); Cope (1998)
  20. ^ Academic Publishing Industry: A Story of Merger and Acquisition Archived 4 May 2012 at "WebCite - Taylor & Francis.
  21. ^ a b "Taylor & Francis
  22. ^ "Results for 12 months to 31st December 2015" (PDF). 
  23. ^ "About Nina Stibbe". 
  24. ^ "Routledge Classics and Routledge Great Minds". 
  25. ^ a b "Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy". 
  26. ^ "Europa World Online". 
  27. ^ "World Who's Who". 
  28. ^ "The Europa World of Learning". 
  29. ^ "Routledge Handbooks Online". 
  30. ^ "Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism". 
  31. ^ "Routledge Performance Archive". 
  32. ^ "South Asia Archive". 

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