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The Social Shaping of British Communications Networks prior to the First World War

Hamill, Lynne (2010) The Social Shaping of British Communications Networks prior to the First World War Historical Social Research, 35 (1).


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"Die soziale Prägung der britischen Telekommunikationsnetzwerke vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg". This paper applies concepts from the social sciences to the evolution of communications in Britain before the First World War: the social shaping of technology, social networks and the distinction between short and long term effects. Two cases studies relating to communications in nineteenth century Britain – the telegraphic link to India and phones – are then examined in the light of these concepts. It is argued that communication networks grow out of existing social/business networks, which in turn reflect previous communication and transport networks, and that the main immediate effect of a new mode is to increase commuwhile in the longer run, new practices develop.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
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Date : 1 January 2010
Additional Information : Published in: Historical Social Research, Vol 35 issue 1, 2010. Copyright © Historical Social Research
Depositing User : Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited : 27 May 2010 14:42
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 16:22

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