New Book: The Wireless World - Global Histories of International Radio Broadcasting

Monday, October 10, 2022 - 11:26


The book published by Oxford University Press sets out a new research agenda for the history of international broadcasting, and for radio history more generally. It examines global and transnational histories of long-distance wireless broadcasting, combining perspectives from international history, media and cultural history, the history of technology, and sound studies.

CECC's researcher Nelson Ribeiro is one of the co-authors of this book, which results from more than five years of collaboration. Bringing together their knowledge of a wide range of different countries, languages, and archives, the co-authors show how broadcasters and states deployed international broadcasting as a tool of international communication and persuasion. They also demonstrate that by paying more attention to audiences, programmes, and soundscapes, historians can make important contributions to wider debates in social and cultural history.

All in all, by exploring the idea of a 'wireless world', a globe connected, both in imagination and reality, and by radio in particular, the study reveals key continuities and transformations during all periods of international broadcasting.