Centres and peripheries each play their part, drawing together cannons, articulating orthodoxies, cementing and challenging temporal and spiritual power, upholstering seats of state and empire, and priming charges in political flashpoints.

History of publishing is one with future of publishing; no certainties, always subject to commentating voices, backstage murmurs and cabals.

Date and place of publication identify when and where thought and communication wriggle and shift in historical lines and circular time.