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Telegraphic imperialism [electronic resource] : crisis and panic in the Indian Empire, c.1830 /
Deep Kanta Lahiri Choudhury.
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
description
xii, 277 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
ISBN
9780230205062 (hardback)
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imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
isbn
9780230205062 (hardback)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
12031202
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 258-270) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Deep Kanta Lahiri Choudhury is Reader in History at Visva Bharati University, Shantiniketan, India. He trained in history at Presidency College, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, and the University of Cambridge, UK, and did his postdoctorate at the University of Oxford, UK. He has taught, lectured and supervised at various institutions including Cambridge, Oxford, Bristol and Jamia Millia Islamia, and has published in various international journals.
Summaries
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Key exploration of the telegraph system of the British Indian Empire, c.1850 to 1920, one of the most significant transnational phenomena of the imperial world
Long Description
Telegraphic Imperialism researches the telegraph system of the British Indian Empire, circa 1830 to 1920, exploring one of the single most significant transnational phenomena of the imperial world, and the link between communication, Empire, and social change. The first electronic communication network, the predecessor of our internet, transformed language, distance, and time. Lahiri Choudhury studies this transnational system and how societies and perceptions changed because of the telegraph, including the issue of Persian sub-imperialism and the rapid expansion of the imperial powers and their rivalries because of the need to protect and control this new information network. The book also analyses in detail British Imperialism and the variety of strategies adopted by Indian nationalists to circumvent imperial control. During this period the British Indian Empire emerged as a crucial strategic and commercial factor in the telegraph network of the world. Larger India became a communication hub, and relatively remote points such as Fao and Gwadar were transformed from sleepy townlets and fishing villages in Middle Asia into crucial nodes of the Indian Empire. This network serviced trade and communication across nations, territories, and empires from the Americas to the Russias, China, and Australasia including Taiwan and New Zealand. In the present age of rapid and competitive technological advancement, the study of communication history is becoming essential for our better understanding of the nature of the development involved. This book provides a step towards this understanding.
Main Description
The first electronic communication network transformed language, distance, and time. This book researches the telegraph system of the British Indian Empire, c.1850 to 1920, exploring one of the most significant transnational phenomena of the imperial world, and the link between communication, Empire, and social change.
Table of Contents
List of Figures, Maps, and Tablesp. viii
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xii
Introduction: 'What hath God wrought!Æp. 1
From Laboratory to Museum: The Changing Culture of Science and Experiment in India, c. 1830-56p. 11
The Telegraph and the Uprisings of 1857p. 31
The Discipline of Technologyp. 50
Making the Twain Meet: The New Imperialism of Telegraphyp. 79
The Magical Mystery Tour: Cable Telegraphyp. 105
Forging a New India in a Telegraph World: Expansion and Consolidation within Indiap. 129
The Telegraph General Strike of 1908p. 157
Swadeshi and Information Panic: Functions and Malfunctions of the Information Order, c. 1900-12p. 179
Conclusionp. 211
Notesp. 219
Glossaryp. 257
Bibliographyp. 258
Indexp. 271
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