The Invisible Weapon

- Telecommunications and International Politics, 1851-1945

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The Invisible Weapon
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Bog, hardback
Udgivelsesdato:
28-03-1991
Sprog:
Engelsk
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Telecommunication is, and always has been, a political technology, as the timely flow of information is a vital instrument of power. This book examines the political history of telecommunications between 1851, the year the first telegraph cable linked France and Britain, and the end of World War II. Headrick argues that telecommunication gives people options, not orders. During periods of peace, cables and radio were, as many had predicted, instruments of peace; intimes of tension, they became instruments of politics, tools for rival interests, and weapons of war.the book illuminates the political aspects of information technology: the speed of telegraphy, which could diffuse conflicts in far-flung empires, but which also hastened the deterioration of diplomacy on the brink of the First World War; the broad coverage of radio, which increased public knowledge and public pressure on governments, and consequently the political interest in controlling news; and the security of telecommunications, which made communications strategy, communicationsintelligence, and cryptography decisive tools during the two World Wars.

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Udgivelsesdato:
28-03-1991
ISBN13:
9780195062731
Vægt:
581 g
Dybde:
25 mm
Bredde:
164 mm
Højde:
244 mm
Format:
Hardback
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Bibliotekernes beskrivelse This text examines the political history of telecommunications between 1851, the year the first telegraph cable linked France and Britain, and the end of World War II. The author attempts to illustrate the political aspects of information technology, such as radio propaganda and cryptography. 4 maps, 2 figures, 12 tables

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