The Information Revolution and World Politics

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - Computers - 269 pages
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This readable and cogent book provides a much-needed synthesis of the information revolution in a global context. First providing an invaluable historical grounding since the development of the printing press, Elizabeth C. Hanson explores the profound ways that new information and communication technologies are transforming international relations. The author considers the controversies over the present and future impact of a radically new information and communications environment as part of larger debates over globalization and the role of technology in historical change. Her carefully chosen case studies and judicious use of relevant research provide a firm basis for allowing readers to evaluate competing arguments on this contentious issue.
  

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Contents

The Information Revolution
1
World Politics in a New Media Environment
3
Technology Society and Historical Change
4
An Interactivist Approach to Technological Innovation
7
Conclusion
10
The Origins of the Information Revolution
13
The First Mass Medium
14
Conquering Time and Space
17
Conclusion
131
The Information Revolution the Global Economy and the Distribution of Wealth
139
The Debate
152
ICTs Globalization and the Distribution of Wealth
158
Conclusion
173
Global Communication and the NationState
179
The Debate
180
Global Technologies State Control and Political Change
184

The Telephone
21
The Strange Career of Wireless Telegraphy
24
The Invention of Broadcasting
28
Conclusion
38
The Globalization of Communication
47
Globalizing Technologies
48
The New Media Environment
64
The Revolution Continues
86
War and Peace in the Information Age
97
Foreign Policymaking in the New Information Environment
98
Open Diplomacy on the Fast Track
108
Conflict and War in the Information Age
119
Transnational Politics
189
Transnational Ethnic Networks
198
Culture Identity and the New Media
205
Conclusion
212
Issues and Choices
221
Control Access and Purpose
223
Prosperity National Sovereignty and Democracy
228
Bibliography
235
Index
253
About the Author
269
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About the author (2008)

Elizabeth C. Hanson is professor of political science and director of the India studies program at the University of Connecticut.

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