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Oxford University Press: Wireless and Empire: Aitor Anduaga
Although the product of a self-proclaimed consensus politics, the British Empire was always based on communications supremacy and the knowledge of the atmosphere. Using the metaphor of a thread of five pieces representing the categories science, industry, government, the military, and the education, this is the first book to study the relations between wireless and Empire throughout the interwar period. It is also the first to make full use of the abundant archive material and rich sources existing in Britain and the Dominions. The book examines the evolving connection between the development of imperial radio communications and atmospheric physics; the expansion and strength of the British radio industry and its relationship with the elucidation of the ionosphere; and the different extent to which Australia, Canada and New Zealand managed toemulate the British model of radio R&D in the interwar years. The book ends with a highly original and provocative epilogue: 'The realist interpretation of the atmosphere'.
There's likely some interesting history there, but Britain's empire was already crumbling during the interwar years, it had been sustained just fine with telegraphic technology in Victorian times - so the takeaway is "the realist interpretation of the atmosphere?"
Is there some other interpretation engineers use?
What makes this interesting is that it's an example of someone writing in the language of the humanities - metaphors, frames, relationships and implications - about a technical subject.
If you understand the technology and have some insight into the politics you're left with something that looks like a dead fish halfway up a mountain - it's worth looking at out of curiosity, but you're not quite sure how it got there, and you have even less of a clue whether it's significant or just plain random.
There's likely some interesting history there, but Britain's empire was already crumbling during the interwar years, it had been sustained just fine with telegraphic technology in Victorian times
It did not just sustain fine, it used its dominance in telegraphic matters in order to help its empire, both in competition with other empires and to dominate the subjects. An example of the first: France was not allowed to use British wires to communicate with its expedition at the Fashoda crises, meaning only the British Empire had accurate information about respective strenghts at Fashoda.
In light of that radio was probably a (smallish) threath to the Empire.
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