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

  • Bruce B. Campbell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 317-369

About this book


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.


History of Radio Radio as a hobby technology of Radio Weimar Republic post-war Germany Hobbyists hobby culture 20th century Germany Radio in the 1920s German Radio Imperialism the Great Depression rise of National Socialism in Germany History of media

Authors and affiliations

  • Bruce B. Campbell
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  1. 1.William & MaryWilliamsburgUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-26533-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-26534-2
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