Atlantic Communications: The Media in American and German History from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century

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Norbert Finzsch, Ursula Lehmkuhl
Bloomsbury Academic, Jun 12, 2004 - History - 416 pages
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Atlantic Communications examines the development of communications technology and its impact on German-American relations from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. How was different media used or abused politically? How did the structure and process of Atlantic communication change? How did common social spheres emerge? And how was this development influenced by the ways and means of Atlantic communication? Media discussed includes speech, the telegraph, newspapers, and the moving image. How was knowledge about the other side of the Atlantic produced? How did the behavior of media organizations differ in Germany and the USA? How did they adapt certain elements from one culture to another? Based on interdisciplinary research integrating media studies and historical analysis, this book is an innovative historical approach to German-American relations viewed as part of the communications system of the Atlantic world.

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Norbert Finzsch is Professor of Anglo-American History and Chair of Department, University of Cologne. He is the co-editor of Visions of the Future in Germany and America (Berg Publishers, 2001).

Ursula Lehmkuhl is Professor of North American History, John F. Kennedy Institute, Free University of Berlin.

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