Wireless and Empire: Geopolitics, Radio Industry and Ionosphere in the British Empire, 1918-1939

Hardcover | February 19, 2009

byAitor Anduaga

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Although the product of a self-proclaimed consensus politics, the British Empire was always based on communications supremacy and the knowledge of the atmosphere. Using the metaphor of a thread of five pieces representing the categories science, industry, government, the military, and theeducation, this is the first book to study the relations between wireless and Empire throughout the interwar period. It is also the first to make full use of the abundant archive material and rich sources existing in Britain and the Dominions. The book examines the evolving connection between thedevelopment of imperial radio communications and atmospheric physics; the expansion and strength of the British radio industry and its relationship with the elucidation of the ionosphere; and the different extent to which Australia, Canada and New Zealand managed to emulate the British model ofradio RandD in the interwar years. The book ends with a highly original and provocative epilogue: 'The realist interpretation of the atmosphere'.

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Although the product of a self-proclaimed consensus politics, the British Empire was always based on communications supremacy and the knowledge of the atmosphere. Using the metaphor of a thread of five pieces representing the categories science, industry, government, the military, and theeducation, this is the first book to study the ...

Current position: Research Fellow at the Basque Museum of Science and Medicine History. Biographical sketch: Research Fellow at the Universities of Oxford, Sydney, Montreal, Toronto, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), and the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.01 inPublished:February 19, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Government, radio research and upper atmospheric sciences in Britain2. Telecommunications, geopolitics, education, and manufacturing in the British radio industry3. From dominion to nation: upper atmospheric sciences and radio research in Australia4. Telecommunications, education, manufacturing, and innovation in the Australian radio industry5. Organizing radio research in New Zealand6. Government, university, research and radio industry in CanadaPostscript: Over- stating realityEpilogue: The realist interpretation of the atmosphere

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`An exemplary case study of the interaction between science, technology, politics and economics. The stories that Anduaga tells flow smoothly and compellingly. An impressive and original work.'Helge Kragh, University of Aarhus