In what ways have technology and communication shaped globalisation since the industrial revolution? Can we see a constant increase in the speed of the movement of people and goods over time? Or does it come in phases? How has global communication changed over time? And what role has the state played in shaping communication? Have communication and technology created a hierarchy of power? And in what ways has technology reshaped industry and everyday life globally?
1. Key Readings
Peter Geoffrey Hall and Paschal Preston, The Carrier Wave: New Information Technology and the Geography of Innovation, 1846-2003 (London, 1988), esp. chs. 1, 4, 9 and 10. (Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4)
2. Primary Sources
Telegraph; telephone; radio; trains; steamships; television; cars; airplanes; computers; etc. each of them claim ‘to have changed’ the world. Find a primary source (an image; a newspaper article; a diary; a government report; etc.) that throws light on the technology/invention’s nature and/or its global reach. Report on the course Forum.