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Information Revolution and World Politics

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ISBN-10: 0742538532

ISBN-13: 9780742538535

Edition: 2008

Authors: Elizabeth C. Hanson

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This readable and cogent book provides a much-needed overview of the information revolution in a global context. First tracing the historical evolution of communications since the development of the printing press, Elizabeth C. Hanson explores the profound ways that new information and communication technologies are transforming international relations. More people have access to more diverse sources of information than ever before, as well as a greater capacity to influence national and international agendas. More transcontinental channels of contact are available to more people in the world at far less cost than ever before in history. Hanson illustrates how these dramatic changes have raised a set of key questions: What is the impact of the information revolution on diplomacy, foreign policymaking, and the conduct of war? How are these new technologies affecting the structure of the global economy and the distribution of the world's wealth? How and to what extent are they affecting the nation-state-its centrality in the international system, its sovereignty, and its relationship to its citizens?
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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Preface
The Information Revolution
World Politics in a New Media Environment
Technology, Society, and Historical Change
An "Interactivist" Approach to Technological Innovation
Conclusion
The Origins of the Information Revolution
The Printing Press: The First Mass Medium
The Electric Telegraph: Conquering Time and Space
The Telephone
The Strange Career of Wireless Telegraphy
The Invention of Broadcasting
Conclusion
The Globalization of Communication
Globalizing Technologies
The New Media Environment
Conclusion: The Revolution Continues
War and Peace in the Information Age
Foreign Policymaking in the New Information Environment
Open Diplomacy on the Fast Track
Conflict and War in the Information Age
Conclusion
The Information Revolution, the Global Economy, and the Distribution of Wealth
ICTs and the Global Economy
Economic Globalization: The Debate
ICTs, Globalization, and the Distribution of Wealth
Conclusion
Global Communication and the Nation-State
The Debate
Global Technologies, State Control, and Political Change
Transnational Politics
Transnational Ethnic Networks
Culture, Identity, and the New Media
Conclusion
Issues and Choices
Control, Access, and Purpose
Prosperity, National Sovereignty, and Democracy
Bibliography
Index
About the Author