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Wiring the World: The Social and Cultural Creation of Global Telegraph Networks

Simone M. Müller


The successful laying of a transatlantic cable in 1866 remade world communications. A message could travel across the ocean in minutes, shrinking the space between continents, cultures, and nations. An eclectic group of engineers, entrepreneurs, politicians, and media visionaries then developed this technology into a telecommunications system that spread a particular vision of civilization—but not everyone wanted to wire the world the same way. Wiring the World is a cultural and social history that explores how the large Anglo-American cable companies won out over alternative visions. Bitter r ... More

Keywords: transatlantic cable, telecommunications, telegraph, cable technology, globalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231174329
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231174329.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simone M. Müller, author