On the History of Communication Development: the First Intercontinental Connection

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The first intercontinental links in the history of communication development that encompass the period between 1850’s and the end of World War I have been systematically detected for the first time in historical and political sciences. Special attention has been given to the global usage of telegraph by the British Empire which was the first country in the world to lay transatlantic and transpacific cables. The USA was the second in this competition. This means that these countries overcame the last barrier to world communications at the very beginning of the XXth century. Political, diplomatic, economic, commercial aspects of this dominance by the British Empire and the USA before and during World War I have been observed. A complex analysis of these communications usage (telegraph, telephone, radio) by the countries – main participants of this war for tactical, strategic, international and political purposes has been conducted.


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Zernetska, O. (2016) “On the History of Communication Development: the First Intercontinental Connection”, Problems of World History, (1), pp. 183–198. doi: 10.46869/2707-6776-2016-1-11.
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O. Zernetska

Zernetska Olga – Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor, Head of the Department of Global and Civilization Processes of the State Institution “Institute of World History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine”.


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