German Radio Before Broadcasting: Scientists, War, and Imperialism

  • Bruce B. Campbell
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology book series (PSHST)


This chapter takes a step back from the 1920s, to the invention of radio as a communications technology. It pays particular attention to the First World War and its contribution to making the explosion of radio in the 1920s possible. It argues that the War not only spread technical knowledge, but also set parameters for subsequent implementation of radio as a cultural medium, leaving a long and broad legacy for the beginnings of the radio hobby. This was true everywhere, but in Germany, with the trauma of losing the War, its legacy took a very particular form.

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

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