By Daniel R. Headrick
An essential software of energy, telecommunications is and has regularly been a political expertise. during this publication, Headrick examines the political historical past of telecommunications from the mid-nineteenth century to the tip of worldwide struggle II. He argues that this know-how gave society new suggestions. In instances of peace, the telegraph and radio have been, as many anticipated, tools of peace; in instances of hysteria, they turned tools of politics, instruments for rival pursuits, and guns of struggle. Writing in a full of life, obtainable sort, Headrick illuminates the political elements of data know-how, displaying how in either international Wars, using radio resulted in a shadowy warfare of disinformation, cryptography, and communications intelligence, with decisive consequences.
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5. Despite its importance, the subject of politics and communications before the nineteenth century still awaits its historian; the only work on the subject, Harold A. Innes, Empire and Communications (Oxford, 1950), is unfortunately inadequate. 6. See, for example, Everett M. Rogers, Communication Technology: The New Media in Society (New York, 1986). 7. , 1983); and Patrice A. Carré, “Proust, le téléphone et la modernité,” France Télécom: Revue française des télécommunications 64 (January 1988), 3–11.
26 It blamed the final failure on Edward Whitehouse, a surgeon-turned-electrician and friend of Bright’s, who pumped two thousand volts through the cable in the hope of reviving it. 27 In the history of submarine telegraphy, the 1850s were a decade of enthusiasm, experimentation, and failures. Short cables, like those linking England to France or Canada to Newfoundland, worked reasonably well. For longer spans like the Atlantic, and in deeper waters like the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, the record was discouraging.
They are: Jorma Ahvenainen, Hugh Aitken, Jean-Claude Allain, Catherine Bertho-Lavenir, Andrew Butrica, Patrice Carré, Ivan Coggeshall, Donard de Cogan, Kate Ezra, Pascal Griset, Robert Kubicek, Bill and Jane McCullam, Joel Mokyr, David and Nancy Northrup, Jon Sumida, Yuzo Tak-ahashi, Frank Thomas, Gary Wolfe, Mark W. Zacher, and Zhong Zhang. My editor, Nancy Lane, deserves special thanks for her unfailing encouragement over many years. This book is dedicated to the memory of my wife Rita, from whom I learned how to become a historian, and much else.