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Diálogos Revista Electrónica de Historia

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MOLINA JIMENEZ, Iván. From printers to publishers. The case of Costa Rica (1906-1989). Diálogos rev. electr. hist [online]. 2021, vol.22, n.2, pp.1-28. ISSN 1409-469X.

This article examines the shift from a publishing culture based on print shops to one that was organized around publishing houses. The initial stage of this process occurred between 1906 and 1919, when the educator and writer Joaquín García Monge and the Catalan immigrants Ricardo Falcó and Andrés Borrasé, promoted the first publishing initiatives. Later, the first public and private publishing houses were founded (1920-1949), although it was only in the period 1950-1979 that the publishing industry was consolidated, in close connection with the expansion of the State and, in particular, of the educational system. Despite the economic crisis of 1980, the publishing boom, instead of stopping, deepened, spurred by the development of research and postgraduate studies in universities and by the reactivation of the Cold War in Central America.

Keywords : print shops; publishing houses; education; State; books.

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