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New Book on News Reporting in Nineteenth-Century India

Jan 31, 2017

Dr. Amelia Bonea, former doctoral student at the Cluster "Asia and Europe", published a new book on “The News of Empire - Telegraphy, Journalism, and the Politics of Reporting in Colonial India, c. 1830–1900”. It analyses the development of English-language news reporting in nineteenth-century India and was published in August 2016.

The volume systematically investigates the development of English-language news reporting in nineteenth-century India. For this purpose, it studies telegraphy and journalism, railways, steamers and other means of communication in an inter-related manner. In this context, the book marks important historical events like the opening of the telegraph network for public use on February 1, 1855 and July 14, 2013, when India closed down its telegraph service. Like the internet today, the new technology came to play an important role in the conduct of journalism in nineteenth-century India.

Furthermore, this book reconstructs the interconnected history of telegraphy and journalism by drawing on a wide range of historical material and through an in-depth analysis of the newspaper press. Questioning grand narratives of 'media revolutions', Amelia Bonea argues that the use of telegraphy in journalism was gradual and piecemeal. News itself emerged as the site of many contestations, as imperial politics, capitalist enterprise and individual agency shaped not only access to technologies of communication, but also the content and form of reporting.

The book was published with Oxford University Press in August 2016.

Dr. Amelia Bonea completed her Ph.D. in Modern History and is a former member of the projects B9 “Information Flows” and C12 “The Asian Sea“ at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context”. Currently, Amelia Bonea is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford.

Please find further information on the book here.


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