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Filling in a key chapter in communications history, Dwayne R. Winseck and Robert M. Pike offer an in-depth examination of the rise of the andldquo;global mediaandrdquo; between 1860 and 1930. They analyze the connections between the development of a global communication infrastructure, the creation of national telegraph and wireless systems, and news agencies and the content they provided. Conventional histories suggest that the growth of global communications correlated with imperial expansion: an increasing number of cables were laid as colonial powers competed for control of resources. Winseck and Pike argue that the role of the imperial contest, while significant, has been exaggerated. They emphasize how much of the global media system was in place before the high tide of imperialism in the early twentieth century, and they point to other factors that drove the proliferation of global media links, including economic booms and busts, initial steps toward multilateralism and international law, and the formation of corporate cartels.

Drawing on extensive research in corporate and government archives, Winseck and Pike illuminate the actions of companies and cartels during the late nineteenth century and early twentieth, in many different parts of the globe, including Africa, Asia, and Central and South America as well as Europe and North America. The complex history they relate shows how cable companies exploited or transcended national policies in the creation of the global cable network, how private corporations and government agencies interacted, and how individual reformers fought to eliminate cartels and harmonize the regulation of world communications. In Communication and Empire, the multinational conglomerates, regulations, and the politics of imperialism and anti-imperialism as well as the cries for reform of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth emerge as the obvious forerunners of todayandrsquo;s global media.


A history and political economy of global communication, showing how capitalism, multilateralism, modernization, and imperialism shaped the evolution of communication.

About the Author

Dwayne R. Winseck is Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. He is the author of Reconvergence: A Political Economy of Telecommunications in Canada and a coeditor of Democratizing Communication? Comparative Perspectives on Information and Power and Media in Global Context.

Robert M. Pike is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Queenandrsquo;s University in Kingston, Ontario. He is the author of many articles on the history of communications.

Table of Contents

About the Series ix

Illustrations xi

Tables xiii

Preface and Acknowledgments xv

Introduction: Deep Globalization and the Global Media in the Late Nineteenth Century and Early Twentieth 1

1. Building the Global Communication Infrastructure: Brakes and Accelerators on New Communication Technologies, 1850-70 16

2. From the gilded Age to the Progressive Era: The Struggle for Control in the Euro-America and South American Communication Markets, 1870-1905 43

3. Indo-European Communication Markets and the Scrambling of Africa: Communication and Empire in the andldquo;Age of Disorderandrdquo; 92

4. Electronic Kingdom and Wired Cities in the andldquo;Age of Disorderandrdquo;: The Struggle for Control of Chinaandrsquo;s National and Global Communication Capabilities, 1870-1901 113

5. The Politics of Global Media Reform I, 1870-1905: The Early Movements against Private Cable Monopolies 142

6. The Politics of global Media Reform II, 1906-16: Rivalry and Managed Competition in the Age of Empire(s) and Social Reform 177

7. Wireless, War, and Communication Networks, 1914-22 228

Thick and Thin Globalism: Wilson, the Communication Experts, and the American Approach to Global Communication, 1918-22 257

9. Communication and Informal Empires: Consortia and the Evolution of South American and Asian Communication Markets, 1918-30 277

10. The Euro-American Communication Market and Media Merger Mania: New Technology and the Political Economy of Communication in the 1920s 304

Conclusions: The Moving Forces of the Early Global Media 338

Notes 347

Bibliography 370

Index 403

Product Details

Winseck, Dwayne R
Duke University Press
Joseph, Gilbert M.
Rosenberg, Emily S.
Winseck, Dwayne R.
Pike, Robert M.
Modern - 20th Century
World - Colonial Studies
Telecommunication systems
Telegraph, Wireless - History - 19th century
Telegraph, Wireless - History - 20th century
World History-1650 to Present
World History-General
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