Radio in Revolution: Wireless Technology and State Power in Mexico, 1897-1938 by J. Justin CastroRadio in Revolution: Wireless Technology and State Power in Mexico, 1897-1938 by J. Justin Castro

Radio in Revolution: Wireless Technology and State Power in Mexico, 1897-1938

byJ. Justin Castro

Paperback | July 1, 2016

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Long before the Arab Spring and its use of social media demonstrated the potent intersection between technology and revolution, the Mexican Revolution employed wireless technology in the form of radiotelegraphy and radio broadcasting to alter the course of the revolution and influence how political leaders reconstituted the government.

Radio in Revolution, an innovative study of early radio technologies and the Mexican Revolution, examines the foundational relationship between electronic wireless technologies, single-party rule, and authoritarian practices in Mexican media. J. Justin Castro bridges the Porfiriato and the Mexican Revolution, discussing the technological continuities and change that set the stage for Lázaro Cárdenas's famous radio decree calling for the expropriation of foreign oil companies.

Not only did the nascent development of radio technology represent a major component in government plans for nation and state building, its interplay with state power in Mexico also transformed it into a crucial component of public communication services, national cohesion, military operations, and intelligence gathering. Castro argues that the revolution had far-reaching ramifications for the development of radio and politics in Mexico and reveals how continued security concerns prompted the revolutionary victors to view radio as a threat even while they embraced it as an essential component of maintaining control. 

J. Justin Castro is an assistant professor of history at Arkansas State University.  
Title:Radio in Revolution: Wireless Technology and State Power in Mexico, 1897-1938Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:July 1, 2016Publisher:UNP - NebraskaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803286783

ISBN - 13:9780803286788

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: A Tale of Two Revolutions
1. Porfirian Radio, Imperial Designs, and the Mexican Nation
2. Radio in Revolution
3. Rebuilding a Nation at War
4. Growth and Insecurity
5. Invisible Hands
6. Broadcasting State Culture and Populist Politics
Conclusion: Early Radio and Its Legacies

Editorial Reviews

"Castro depicts a significant continuity from Porfirio Díaz to Plutarco Elías Calles in governmental use of radio technology to consolidate centralization. The Mexican Revolution, prototype for all twentieth-century social revolutions, was also the first war in which radio served a major military purpose."-Robert H. Claxton, author of From "Parsifal" to Peron: Early Radio in Argentina, 1920-1944     - Robert H. Claxton - 20150915