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Parent company Taylor & Francis
Founded 1851 (1851)
Founder George Routledge
Country of origin United Kingdom
Headquarters location London
Publication types Books & journals
Nonfiction topics Humanities and Sciences
Official website .com.routledgewww
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Routledge () is a British academic books, journals, & online resources in the fields of humanities and social science. The company publishes 1,800 journals & 2,000 new books each year and their backlist encompasses over 35,000 titles.[1]

In 1998, Routledge became a subdivision and imprint of its former rival, Taylor & Francis Group, 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.[2]


  • History 1
  • People 2
  • Works 3
    • Encyclopaedias 3.1
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The firm originated in 1836, when Camden bookseller Tauchnitz family, which became known as the "Railway Library".[3]

The venture was a success which was mainly due to the mass hysteria in the 1840s due to

  • Official website
  • Routledge – Psychology Press
  • Routledge – Cavendish
  • Routledge – Mental health imprint
  • Routledge – Psychoanalysis arena
  • Routledge Revivals: Humanities and Social Sciences reprints from the backlists of Routledge imprints
  • Routledge – The International Who's Who
  • Routledge – The Europa World of Learning
  • Routledge – History of the Routledges and Their Origins

External links

  • Boynton, Robert (March–April 1995). "The Routledge Revolution: Has Academic Publishing Gone Tabloid?" (online reproduction, by author [n.pag.]).  
  • Clark, Giles N.; Angus Phillips (2008). Inside Book Publishing. Taylor & Francis e-Library collection (4th ed.). Abingdon, UK and New York: Routledge.  
  • Cope, Nigel (5 November 1998). "Books merger yields windfall of £6m" (online edition).  
  • Whipp, Richard (1992). "Human Resource Management, Competition and Strategy: Some Productive Tensions". In Paul Blyton and Peter Turnbull (eds.). Reassessing Human Resource Management. London:  


  1. ^ "About Us - Routledge". Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Books merger yields windfall of £6m". The Independent. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Yellowbacks: III - Routledge's Railway Library". Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "UCL Library Services: Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd Archives - 1850-1984". Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Sutherland (2009:527,553).
  6. ^ Barnes, James J.; Barnes, Patience P. (2004). "Routledge, George".   (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  7. ^ "Geni - William Henry Warne (1822 - 1859) - Genealogy". Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  8. ^ " - Taylor and Francis Informa". Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Whipp (1992:47)
  10. ^ Clark & Phillips (2008:xvi); Cope (1998)


See also

Encyclopedic publications of Europa Publications, actually published by Routledge:

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



Routledge has published many of the greatest thinkers and scholars of the last hundred years, including Adorno, Einstein, Russell, Popper, Wittgenstein, Jung, Bohm, Hayek, McLuhan, Marcuse and Sartre.

The famous English publisher Fredric Warburg was a commissioning editor at Routledge during the early 20th century.


In 1985, Routledge & Kegan Paul joined with Associated Book Publishers (ABP),[9] 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.[10] In 2004, T&F became a division within Informa plc after a merger. Routledge continues as a publishing arm and imprint under the T&F division, with a majority of its titles' issued as academic humanities and social science books.

However, by 1902, the company was running close to bankruptcy, but, following a successful restructuring, was able to recover and began to acquire and merge with other publishing companies. These early 20th-century acquisitions and mergers brought with them lists of notable scholarly titles, and it is from 1912 onwards that Routledge & Kegan Paul, as the company name, became increasingly concentrated on and involved with the academic and scholarly publishing business. It was soon particularly known for its titles in the social sciences.

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).[7] Gaining rights to some titles, he founded Frederick Warne & Co in 1865, which became known for its Beatrix Potter books.[8]

[6] including 19 of his novels to be sold cheaply as part of their "Railway Library" series. [5][3] allowing sole rights to print all 35 of his works lease £20,000 for a 10-year Edward Bulwer-Lytton, which allowed for it to be able to pay author Uncle Tom's Cabin The following year in 1852, the company gained lucrative business though selling pirated reprints of [4]

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