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Global Communications since 1844 : Geopolitics and Technology - Peter J. Hugill

Global Communications since 1844

Geopolitics and Technology

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In World Trade since 1431, Peter Hugill showed how the interplay of technology and geography guided the evolution of the modern global capitalistic system. Now, in the successor to that widely acclaimed book, Hugill shifts the focus to telecommunications, once again demonstrating that those nations that best developed and marketed new technologies were the nations that rose to world power.

Beginning with the advent of the telegraph in the 1840s, Hugill shows how each major change in transportation and communications technologies brought about a corresponding transformation from one world economy to another. British advances in international telegraphy after the American Civil War, for example, kept that nation just ahead of the United States in the communications race, a position it held until 1945. Hugill explains how such developments as aerial bombardment of cities in World War I spurred the development of radio and, ultimately, radar. He also traces the steps that led to the British surrender of world hegemony to the United States at the end of World War II.

Praise for Peter Hugill's World Trade since 1431:

"A magnificent work, Braudelian in its conception, scope, and attention to detail... A delight." -- Progress in Human Geography

"A first-rate historical study in the genre of world history... Combines geography with the social sciences in skillful fashion. It is lucidly written and will appeal to the specialist and general reader." -- Virginia Quarterly Review

"Hugill provides a refreshingly long historical sweep in arguing that transportation technologies have been the key to success in world trade... A wealth of historical and technical detail." -- Geonomics

List of Figures and Tables
Information Technology, Geopolitics, and the World-Systemp. 1
Telegraphy and the First Global Telecommunications Hegemonyp. 25
"The Whole World Kin": Telephony and the Development of the Continental Polity to 1956p. 53
Radio Telegraphy, Radio Telephony, and Interstate Competition, 1896-1917p. 83
Challenges to British Telecommunications Hegemony: Continuous Wave Wirelessp. 109
Military Uses of Radio Communication: The Development of Communications, Command, and Controlp. 139
Communications, Command, and Control in the War in the Air: Radar, World War II, and the Slow Transition to American Powerp. 159
Telecommunications and World-System Theoryp. 223
Glossaryp. 253
Referencesp. 257
Name Indexp. 269
Subject Indexp. 272
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780801860744
ISBN-10: 0801860741
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 4th March 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.65