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Telegraphic Imperialism : Crisis and Panic in the Indian Empire, c.1830-1920

Author: Deep Kanta Lahiri Choudhury Affiliation: Reader in History, Visva Bharati University, Shantiniketan, India
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, GB 20101027
Edition/Format: eBook eBook : English
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Telegraphic Imperialism researches the telegraph system of the British Indian Empire, circa 1830 to 1920, exploring one of the single most significant transnational phenomena of the imperial world, and the link between communication, Empire, and social change. The first electronic communication network, the predecessor of our internet, transformed language, distance, and time. Lahiri Choudhury studies this transnational system and how societies and perceptions changed because of the telegraph, including the issue of Persian sub-imperialism and the rapid expansion of the imperial powers and their rivalries because of the need to protect and control this new information network. The book also analyses in detail British Imperialism and the variety of strategies adopted by Indian nationalists to circumvent imperial control. During this period the British Indian Empire emerged as a crucial strategic and commercial factor in the telegraph network of the world. Larger India became a communication hub, and relatively remote points such as Fao and Gwadar were transformed from sleepy townlets and fishing villages in Middle Asia into crucial nodes of the Indian Empire. This network serviced trade and communication across nations, territories, and empires from the Americas to the Russias, China, and Australasia including Taiwan and New Zealand. In the present age of rapid and competitive technological advancement, the study of communication history is becoming essential for our better understanding of the nature of the development involved. This book provides a step towards this understanding.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Deep Kanta Lahiri Choudhury Affiliation: Reader in History, Visva Bharati University, Shantiniketan, India
ISBN: 9780230309746 0230309747
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 5584091514
Notes: DEEP KANTA LAHIRI CHOUDHURY trained in history at Presidency College, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, and University of Cambridge, UK. He did his Post-Doctorate at University of Oxford. He has taught, lectured and supervised at various institutions including Cambridge, Oxford, Bristol, Jamia Millia Islamia and Visva Bharati, Shantiniketan, as well as published in various international journals.
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Description: 296 pages
Contents: List of Illustrations Introduction From Laboratory to Museum: the Changing Culture of Science and Experiment in India, circa 1830-1856 The Telegraph and the Uprisings of 1857 The Discipline of Technology Making the Twain Meet: the New Imperialism of Telegraphy The Magical Mystery Tour: Cable Telegraphy Telegraphic Imperialism: Expansion and Consolidation within India 146-174 The Telegraph General Strike of 1908 Swadeshi and Information Panic: Functions and Malfunctions of the Information Order, c.1900-1912 Conclusion Bibliography

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Telegraphic Imperialism researches the telegraph system of the British Indian Empire, circa 1830 to 1920, exploring one of the single most significant transnational phenomena of the imperial world, and the link between communication, Empire, and social change. The first electronic communication network, the predecessor of our internet, transformed language, distance, and time. Lahiri Choudhury studies this transnational system and how societies and perceptions changed because of the telegraph, including the issue of Persian sub-imperialism and the rapid expansion of the imperial powers and their rivalries because of the need to protect and control this new information network. The book also analyses in detail British Imperialism and the variety of strategies adopted by Indian nationalists to circumvent imperial control. During this period the British Indian Empire emerged as a crucial strategic and commercial factor in the telegraph network of the world. Larger India became a communication hub, and relatively remote points such as Fao and Gwadar were transformed from sleepy townlets and fishing villages in Middle Asia into crucial nodes of the Indian Empire. This network serviced trade and communication across nations, territories, and empires from the Americas to the Russias, China, and Australasia including Taiwan and New Zealand. In the present age of rapid and competitive technological advancement, the study of communication history is becoming essential for our better understanding of the nature of the development involved. This book provides a step towards this understanding.

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