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Wireless and Empire : Geopolitics, Radio Industry and Ionosphere in the British Empire, 1918-1939 - Aitor Anduaga

Wireless and Empire

Geopolitics, Radio Industry and Ionosphere in the British Empire, 1918-1939

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Published: 1st April 2009
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Although the product of a self-proclaimed consensus politics, the British Empire was always based on communications supremacy and the knowledge of the atmosphere.

Using the metaphor of a thread of five pieces representing the categories science, industry, government, the military, and the education, this is the first book to study the relations between wireless and Empire throughout the interwar period.

It is also the first to make full use of the abundant archive material and rich sources existing in Britain and the Dominions.

The book examines the evolving connection between the development of imperial radio communications and atmospheric physics; the expansion and strength of the British radio industry and its relationship with the elucidation of the ionosphere; and the different extent to which Australia, Canada and New Zealand managed to emulate the British model of radio R&D in the interwar years.

The book ends with a highly original and provocative epilogue: 'The realist interpretation of the atmosphere'.

About the Author

Aitor Anduaga is a senior researcher at the Basque Museum of History of Medicine and Science and holds a Ph.D. in physics and a bachelor in philosophy. He has been a visiting scholar at the Universities of Oxford, Sydney, Montreal and Toronto, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science of Berlin and the Smithsonian Institution of Washington. He has published extensively on the social history of geophysics, physics and technology. He has a particular interest in the study of social and economic influences on the development of geophysics.

`A remarkable and surprising story.' Malcolm Longair, University of Cambridge

1. Government, radio research and upper atmospheric sciences in Britain
2. Telecommunications, geopolitics, education, and manufacturing in the British radio industry
3. From dominion to nation: upper atmospheric sciences and radio research in Australia
4. Telecommunications, education, manufacturing, and innovation in the Australian radio industry
5. Organizing radio research in New Zealand
6. Government, university, research and radio industry in Canada
Postscript: Over- stating reality
Epilogue: The realist interpretation of the atmosphere

ISBN: 9780199562725
ISBN-10: 0199562725
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 386
Published: 1st April 2009
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.5  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.924