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London in the Global Telecommunication Network of the Nineteenth Century

Wenzlhuemer, Roland

In: New Global Studies, 3 (2009), pp. 1-32

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London is one of the best connected cities in the world – from a structural as well as from a functional perspective. The central finance and business districts of the metropolis feature both an extraordinarily well-developed information infrastructure and an unusually high concentration of information-dependent businesses. Outside these core districts, however, global connectivity drops massively. An informational divide rips through the global city. This paper builds on a comparatively recent understanding of ‘new electronic communications technologies as part of a long history of rich and often wayward social practices’ (Thrift) and seeks to provide a historical perspective on the emergence of global connectivity patterns. Due to its longstanding history as a global financial centre and its central position in the global and domestic telegraph network of the nineteenth century, London will provide a suitable case study to examine the long-term interplay of socioeconomic and structural patterns in the creation of global information networks.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: New Global Studies
Volume: 3
Publisher: The Berkeley Electronic Press
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2015 13:23
Date: 2009
Page Range: pp. 1-32
Faculties / Institutes: Philosophische Fakultät > Historisches Seminar
Subjects: 940 General history of Europe
Controlled Keywords: London, Telegrafie, Großstadt, Kommunikation, Geschichte
Uncontrolled Keywords: telegraph, London, telecommunication, network, submarine telegraphy
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