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New Book by Roland Wenzlhuemer

13. Nov. 2012

"Connecting the Nineteenth-Century World" is a new book by PD Dr. Roland Wenzlhuemer. It examines the links between the development of telegraph and the paths of globalization.

By the end of the nineteenth century the global telegraph network had connected all continents and brought distant people into direct communication 'at the speed of thought' for the first time. Roland Wenzlhuemer here examines the links between the development of the telegraph and the paths of globalization, and the ways in which global spaces were transformed by this technological advance. His groundbreaking approach combines cultural studies with social science methodology, including evidence based on historical GIS mapping, to shed new light on both the structural conditions of the global telegraph network and the historical agency of its users. The book reveals what it meant for people to be telegraphically connected or unconnected, how people engaged with the technology, how the use of telegraphy affected communication itself and, ultimately, whether faster communication alone can explain the central role that telegraphy occupied in nineteenth-century globalization.

The book "Connecting the Nineteenth-Century World: The Telegraph and Globalization" - 353 pages with several illustrations - has been published by Cambridge University Press in October 2012.

PD Dr. Roland Wenzlhuemer is Speaker of the Junior Researchers and Junior Research Group Leader at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context". He coordinates the research projects B9 "Information Flows" and B17 "The Nation State & Beyond".

Watch a video film about Roland Wenzlhuemer's research


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