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Early electrical communications technology and structural change in the international political economy - The cases of telegraphy and radio

McMahon, P. (2002) Early electrical communications technology and structural change in the international political economy - The cases of telegraphy and radio. Prometheus, 20 (4). pp. 379-390.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0810902021000023363
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Abstract

It is increasingly apparent that the roots of current global transformation lie very much in the middle to late nineteenth century and the raft of basic political, economic, socio-cultural and technological changes that occurred at this time. This is mainly because of the development of a set of novel communications technologies that began the information technology-based transformation. This paper briefly reviews the period from 1845 to 1914 to highlight the role of the emergent information technologies of telegraphy and radio in the consolidation of liberal/international forces and then the rise of nationalist military-industrial tendencies. These technologies were primarily concerned with the control of processes associated with the particular forms of politico-economic development prevalent at the time, and as such were of fundamental importance in promoting structural change, including hegemonic transition as Britain was challenged by Germany and the US.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/33986
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