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Networks of Modernity: Germany in the Age of the Telegraph, 1830-1880

Jean-Michel Johnston


This book offers a fresh perspective on the history of Germany by investigating the origins and impact of the ‘communications revolution’ that transformed state and society during the nineteenth century. It focuses upon the period 1830–80, exploring the interactions between the many different actors who developed, administered, and used one of the most important technologies of the period—the electric telegraph. Drawing upon evidence from Prussia, Bavaria, Bremen, and a number of towns across Central Europe, it reveals the channels through which knowledge circulated across the region, stimulat ... More

Keywords: Germany, nineteenth century, networks, technology, telegraph, modernity, modernization, globalization, nation-building

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198856887
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198856887.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean-Michel Johnston, author
Fellow and College Lecturer in Modern European History, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge