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Metropolitan Telecommunication: Uneven Telegraphic Connectivity in Nineteenth-Century London

Wenzlhuemer, Roland

In: Social Science Computer Review. GIS Special Edition, 27 (2009), Nr. 3. pp. 437-451

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Although the United Kingdom has long lost its position at the heart of a practically global empire, the British capital London still continues to stand at the very center of a global telecommunication and information network. Yet, global connectivity is not evenly distributed throughout the metropolis. As recent studies show, information-dependent businesses tend to concentrate in particular quarters in and around the City of London and the West End despite the spatial flexibility that modern telecommunication technology allows for. This study seeks to demonstrate how the modern ‘‘digital divide’’ that rips through London continuously evolved from similarly uneven connectivity patterns in the telegraphic network of late 19th-century London. With the help of historical Geographic Information Systems (GIS), these patterns will be visualized. This examination will show how important a role continuity played in the evolution of modern informational patterns and how this sheds new light on issues of technological dynamism and agency.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Social Science Computer Review. GIS Special Edition
Volume: 27
Number: 3
Publisher: SAGE
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2015 13:18
Date: 2009
Page Range: pp. 437-451
Faculties / Institutes: Philosophische Fakultät > Historisches Seminar
Subjects: 940 General history of Europe
Controlled Keywords: London, Telegrafie, Großstadt, Kommunikation, Geschichte
Uncontrolled Keywords: telegraph; telecommunication; London; information age; networks; social network analysis
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