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Wireless Internationalism and Distant Listening – Britain, Propaganda, and the Invention of Global Radio, 1920-1939 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Wireless Internationalism and Distant Listening: Britain, Propaganda, and the Invention of Global Radio, 1920-1939

Simon J. Potter


During the 1920s and 1930s radio was transnational in its reach and appeal, attracting distant listeners and encouraging hopes that broadcasting would foster international understanding and world peace. As a new medium, radio broadcasting transmitted speech, music, news, and a range of exotic and authentic sounds across borders to reach audiences in other countries. In Europe radio was regulated through international consultation and cooperation to restrict interference between stations and to unleash the medium’s full potential to carry programmes to global audiences. A distinctive form of ‘w ... More

Keywords: Radio, Wireless, Broadcasting, History, BBC, Global History, International History, Internationalism, Sound, Listening

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198800231
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198800231.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon J. Potter, author
Professor of Modern History, University of Bristol

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