Communications: An International History of the Formative Years

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IET, 2004 - Technology & Engineering - 639 pages
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The history of communications is extensive and this book explains how communications have evolved from the time of Aeschylus's Agamemnon (485BC) to circa 1940. It discusses the essential factors - technical, political, social, economic and general - which have enabled modern communications to evolve from early primitive stages of development. Considerable endeavour has been taken to present the views of scientistists and engineers, newspaper reporters and editors, cartoonists and others so that the progress of communications is seen from the perspective of the times and not from the standpoint of a later generation. Many hundreds of references to primary and secondary sources have been detailed and the text contains many diagrams, photographs and tables of data.
  

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Contents

Communication among the ancients
1
Semaphore signalling
29
The development of electric telegraphy from c 17501850
57
Electric telegraphy commercial and social considerations
93
Submarine telegraphy
125
The telephone
165
Optical communications
191
Images by wire picture telegraphy 1843c 1900
207
Pointtopoint communications
373
Television development pre1914
387
The Great War years 19141918
401
The birth of sound broadcasting
423
Some important developments in the 1920s
451
The rise and fall of low definition television c 1920c 1930
479
The birth of high definition television
511
EMI and high definition television
541

Distant vision c 18801908
227
The early wireless pioneers
253
Early experimental wireless telegraphy 18951898
281
Other wireless developments
313
Maritime wireless telegraphy
343
The emergence of new technologies
575
Epilogue
603
Bibliography
625
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