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Point-to-Point: Telecommunications Networks from the Optical Telegraph to the Mobile Telephone

Richard R. John; Gabriele Balbi

Title:
Point-to-Point: Telecommunications Networks from the Optical Telegraph to the Mobile Telephone
Author(s):
John, Richard R.
Balbi, Gabriele
Date:
Type:
Chapters (layout features)
Department(s):
Journalism
History
Volume:
5
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Book/Journal Title:
Handbook of Communications Science vol. 5: Communication and Technology
Publisher:
De Gruyter Mouton
Publisher Location:
Berlin
Abstract:
This chapter surveys the history of telecommunications from a global perspective and highlights three influential interpretative traditions. It has two parts. The first part defines “telecommunications” and sketches the main dimensions of four telecommunications networks over a two-hundred-year period—the optical telegraph, the electric telegraph, the landline telephone, and the mobile telephone (and its predecessor, the wireless telegraph). The second part shows how historical scholarship on topics in the history of telecommunications has been shaped by three intellectual traditions: the Large Technical Systems (LTS) approach; political economy; and the Social Construction of Technology (SCOT).
Subject(s):
Telecommunication systems
Telegraph
Communication and technology
Cell phones
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Richard R. John, Gabriele Balbi, , Point-to-Point: Telecommunications Networks from the Optical Telegraph to the Mobile Telephone, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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