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Description - Global Communications since 1844 by Peter J. Hugill

In "World Trade Since 1431", Peter Hugill sought to show how the interplay of technology and geography guided the evolution of the modern global capitalistic system. In the successor to this book, he shifts the focus to telecommunications, 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, the account 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 USA 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 USA at the end of World War II.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801860744
ISBN-10: 0801860741
Format: Paperback
(254mm x 178mm x 19mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 4-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Peter J. Hugill

Peter J. Hugill is a professor of geography at Texas A & M University. He is the author of World Trade since 1431, also available from Johns Hopkins.