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Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology

The Radio Hobby, Private Associations, and the Challenge of Modernity in Germany

Authors: Campbell, Bruce B.

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  • Offers a history of amateur radio hobby communities in Germany in the first half of the twentieth century
  • Examines radio as a site where hobbyists, tinkerers, and other individuals encountered and ultimately assimilated revolutionary technological change
  • Appeals to scholars and students of twentieth-century Germany, the history of technology, media studies, and the history of radio
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In the early twentieth century, the magic of radio was new, revolutionary, and poorly understood. A powerful symbol of modernity, radio was a site where individuals wrestled and came to terms with an often frightening wave of new mass technologies. Radio was the object of scientific investigation, but more importantly, it was the domain of tinkerers, “hackers,” citizen scientists, and hobbyists. This book shows how this wild and mysterious technology was appropriated by ordinary individuals in Germany in the first half of the twentieth century as a leisure activity. Clubs and hobby organizations became the locus of this process, providing many of the social structures within which individuals could come to grips with radio, apart from any media institution or government framework. In so doing, this book uncovers the vital but often overlooked social context in which technological revolutions unfold.

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Bruce B. Campbell is Professor of German Studies at William & Mary, USA. He has published on the Nazi Stormtroopers and German detective fiction as well as radio.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-26534-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-26533-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Radio Hobby, Private Associations, and the Challenge of Modernity in Germany
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26534-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26534-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-26533-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 369
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