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Media History

Blog pieces that relate to media history. 

Global Media in the Nineteenth Century

The novelty of today’s globally connected society and economy is often overestimated.  The emergence of a truly globalised communications system can be traced back to the mid-nineteenth century.  The late 1840’s saw an explosion in global trade.  This global expansion of capitalism was facilitated by improvements transport for people and goods.  Developments like clipper ships, transcontinental railways, the Suez and Panama canals revolutionised the speed and volume of global transportation.