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Title:The United States, Radio Architecture, and Global Space, 1933--1951
Author(s):Wedge, John
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Lillian Hoddeson
Department / Program:History
Discipline:History
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):History, United States
Abstract:This doctoral research project is the first study to identify and investigate the engineering basis for the global radio communications network that succeeded telegraphy and telephony and preceded satellites. Rather than concentrating on the hardware of this network, it focuses on the genealogy of conditions for the less tangible but arguably more significant system of communications circuits and radio frequencies that constituted it, and the ionospheric investigation that shaped their form. Its approach to realizing radio infrastructure: linking the ionosphere, ionospheric research, and the planning and negotiation of frequency allocation is unheralded. Where it argues that provision for this infrastructure put the United States at the centre of a global process of integration, it explains how radio space became a zone of contestation in the Cold War, and a condition in the emergency of globality.
Issue Date:2004
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:331 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/84664
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3160970
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2004


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