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The Information Revolution and World Politics : New Millennium Books in International Studies - Elizabeth C. Hanson

The Information Revolution and World Politics

New Millennium Books in International Studies

Hardcover Published: 28th February 2008
ISBN: 9780742538528
Number Of Pages: 269
For Ages: 18+ years old

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This readable and cogent book provides a much-needed overview of the information revolution in a global context. First tracing the historical evolution of communications since the development of the printing press, Elizabeth C. Hanson then explores the profound ways that new information and communication technologies are transforming international relations. More people have access to more diverse sources of information than ever before, as well as a greater capacity to influence national and international agendas. More transcontinental channels of contact are available to more people in the world at far less cost than ever before in history. Hanson illustrates how these dramatic changes have raised a set of key questions: What is the impact of the information revolution on diplomacy, foreign policymaking, and the conduct of war? How are these new technologies affecting the structure of the global economy and the distribution of the world's wealth? How and to what extent are they affecting the nation-state--its centrality in the international system, its sovereignty, and its relationship to its citizens? In answering these questions, Hanson considers the controversies over the present and future impact of a radically new information and communications environment as part of larger debates over globalization and the role of technology in historical change. Her carefully chosen case studies and judicious use of relevant research provide a firm basis for readers to evaluate competing arguments on this contentious issue.

Industry Reviews

The best textbook with a `big picture' of this subject so far. . . . The author has done an excellent job in conceptualizing such a broad and dynamic subject and organizing her treatises in an extremely readable style. . . . Betty Hanson is a very good writer, and her book is clearly written, simple in methodology, and contains interesting examples. * International Studies Review *
Elizabeth C. Hanson describes a sweeping panorama of globalizing communication and its impact on world politics. In her work, we see clearly how the global information cascade each day creates a new global reality before our eyes. -- Francis A. Beer, University of Colorado
I finally have a thorough, balanced, erudite introduction to the major issues in international communications for my foundations and principles course. Bravo! -- Eric J. Novotny, American University
This valuable and readable text provides a historically grounded and interdisciplinary discussion of media and technology. The author synthesizes knowledge that we who work in the field have been hoping to synthesize for some time. I especially appreciate the historical context, the strong inclusion of an international political economy approach to discuss the diffusion of technology in a way that balances the politics and political theory, and the explanations of the technology itself. -- Kenneth Rogerson, Duke University
Useful, concise-excellent for International Relations majors. -- Thomas Jande, American University

Prefacep. ix
The Information Revolutionp. 1
World Politics in a New Media Environmentp. 3
Technology, Society, and Historical Changep. 4
An "Interactivist" Approach to Technological Innovationp. 7
Conclusionp. 10
The Origins of the Information Revolutionp. 13
The Printing Press: The First Mass Mediump. 14
The Electric Telegraph: Conquering Time and Spacep. 17
The Telephonep. 21
The Strange Career of Wireless Telegraphyp. 24
The Invention of Broadcastingp. 28
Conclusionp. 38
The Globalization of Communicationp. 47
Globalizing Technologiesp. 48
The New Media Environmentp. 64
Conclusion: The Revolution Continuesp. 86
War and Peace in the Information Agep. 97
Foreign Policymaking in the New Information Environmentp. 98
Open Diplomacy on the Fast Trackp. 108
Conflict and War in the Information Agep. 119
Conclusionp. 131
The Information Revolution, the Global Economy, and the Distribution of Wealthp. 139
ICTs and the Global Economyp. 139
Economic Globalization: The Debatep. 152
ICTs, Globalization, and the Distribution of Wealthp. 158
Conclusionp. 173
Global Communication and the Nation-Statep. 179
The Debatep. 180
Global Technologies, State Control, and Political Changep. 184
Transnational Politicsp. 189
Transnational Ethnic Networksp. 198
Culture, Identity, and the New Mediap. 205
Conclusionp. 212
Issues and Choicesp. 221
Control, Access, and Purposep. 223
Prosperity, National Sovereignty, and Democracyp. 228
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 253
About the Authorp. 269
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ISBN: 9780742538528
ISBN-10: 0742538524
Series: New Millennium Books in International Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 269
Published: 28th February 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52