Book ID: CBB897948095

Global Communication Electric: Business, News and Politics in the World of Telegraphy (2013)

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As catalysts of our present global condition, telegraphs are emblems of modernity. The establishment of a worldwide network of landline and submarine cable connections in the mid-nineteenth century fostered the emergence of new structures and patterns of interaction on a global scale. World politics and a global economy only became possible with the creation of “global communication electric.” This book examines the emergence of this global media system between 1860 and 1930 in four sections—"Inter|Nationalisms," "Agents|Actors," "Use|News," and "Space|Time"—that aim to broaden and challenge popular conceptions of telegraphy. In exploring the varied uses of telegraphy, real or imagined, Global Communication Electric expands the notion of the telegraph as a globalizing medium: of connection as well as friction; of political, social, and economic entanglement as well as disentanglement; and of crossing as well as creating distance in space and time.

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Review Peter J. Hugill (2015) Review of "Global Communication Electric: Business, News and Politics in the World of Telegraphy". Technology and Culture (pp. 756-757). unapi

Includes Chapters

Chapter Wendy Gagen (2013) The "Manly Telegrapher": The Fashioning of a Gendered Company Culture in the Eastern and Associated Telegraph Companies. In: Global Communication Electric: Business, News and Politics in the World of Telegraphy (pp. 170-196). unapi

Chapter Torsten Kathke (2013) Power Lines: Arizona Elites, the Telegraph, and the Construction of a Regional Identity, 1870-1910. In: Global Communication Electric: Business, News and Politics in the World of Telegraphy (pp. 331-354). unapi

Chapter Lars Blurna (2013) Progress by Technology? The Utopian Linkage of Telegraphy and the World Fairs, 1851-1880. In: Global Communication Electric: Business, News and Politics in the World of Telegraphy (pp. 146-169). unapi

Chapter Daqing Yang (2013) From Partnership to Confrontation: Japan and the Great Northern Telegraph Company, 1871-1943. In: Global Communication Electric: Business, News and Politics in the World of Telegraphy (pp. 117-145). unapi

Chapter Gordon Winder (2013) Telecommunications Technology and News of Disaster: Earthquake Reporting in the Los Angeles Times, 1917-1939. In: Global Communication Electric: Business, News and Politics in the World of Telegraphy (pp. 275-301). unapi

Chapter Michaela M. Hampf; Simone Müller-Pohl (2013) Global Communication Electric: Business, News and Politics in the World of Telegraphy. In: Global Communication Electric: Business, News and Politics in the World of Telegraphy (pp. 7-34). unapi

Chapter Michael Mann (2013) Telegraphy and the Emergence of an All-India Public Sphere. In: Global Communication Electric: Business, News and Politics in the World of Telegraphy (pp. 197-222). unapi

Chapter Martin Doll (2013) The Wiring of the Working Class: On the Interdependence of Telegraphy and Social-Revolutionary Discourses in the Nineteenth-Century. In: Global Communication Electric: Business, News and Politics in the World of Telegraphy (pp. 92-116). unapi

Chapter Jonas Harvard (2013) Northern Experiences of Global Telegraphy: Materiality and Technology in the Scandinavian Periphery. In: Global Communication Electric: Business, News and Politics in the World of Telegraphy (pp. 302-330). unapi

Chapter Volker Barth (2013) Making the Wire Speak: Transnational Techniques of Journalism, 1860-1930. In: Global Communication Electric: Business, News and Politics in the World of Telegraphy (pp. 246-274). unapi

Chapter Florian Sprenger (2013) Between the Ends of a Wire: Electricity, Instantaneity and the Globe of Telegraphy. In: Global Communication Electric: Business, News and Politics in the World of Telegraphy (pp. 355-381). unapi

Chapter Dwayne Winseck (2013) Globalizing Telecommunications and Media History: Beyond Methodological Nationalism and the Struggle for Control Model of Communication History. In: Global Communication Electric: Business, News and Politics in the World of Telegraphy (pp. 35-62). unapi

Chapter Amelia Bonea (2013) "All the News That's Fit to Print?" Reuter's Telegraphic News Service in Colonial India. In: Global Communication Electric: Business, News and Politics in the World of Telegraphy (pp. 223-245). unapi

Chapter Leonard Laborie (2013) Globalizing the Telegraph: The ITU and the Governance of the First Globalization of Telecommunications. In: Global Communication Electric: Business, News and Politics in the World of Telegraphy (pp. 63-91). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Downey, Greg
Kathke, Torsten
Sprenger, Florian
Lanny Tompson
Jonas Harvard
Hampf, Michaela
Journals
Technology and Culture
Professional Geographer
Business History Review
Antenna
Publishers
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Concepts
Telegraphy
Communication
Economics
Cable, submarine
Urban history
Information technology
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
Places
United States
Puerto Rico
China
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