The People's Network: The Political Economy of the Telephone in the Gilded Age (American Business, Politics, and Society)

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The People's Network reconstructs the story of U.S. and Canadian independent telephone companies which challenged the Bell System's market domination in the twentieth century, linking the fight to control telecommunications to dueling political philosophies: regional versus national identity, local versus centralized power.
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ISBN-13: 9780812245691
ISBN-10: 0812245695
Pagini: 332
Dimensiuni: 164 x 235 x 31 mm
Greutate: 0.72 kg
Editura: University of Pennsylvania Press
Seria American Business, Politics, and Society

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Robert MacDougall is Associate Professor of History and Associate Director of the Centre for American Studies at Western University in London, Ontario.


"Original, impressive, and a tremendous pleasure to read. The independent telephone movement has been utterly neglected by historians; with wide-ranging research, Robert MacDougall makes a persuasive case for its significance."-Rebecca Edwards, Vassar College


Introduction. A Fight with an Octopus Chapter 1. All Telephones Are Local Chapter 2. Visions of Telephony Chapter 3. Unnatural Monopoly Chapter 4. The Independent Alternative Chapter 5. The Politics of Scale Chapter 6. The System Gospel Conclusion. Return to Middletown Notes Index Acknowledgments