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7th Edition

Communication in History
Stone Age Symbols to Social Media

ISBN 9781138729483
Published September 14, 2018 by Routledge
364 Pages

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Now in its 7th edition, Communication in History reveals how media has been influential in both maintaining social order and as powerful agents of change. Thirty-eight contributions from a wide range of voices offer instructors the opportunity to customize their courses while challenging students to build upon their own knowledge and skill sets. From stone-age symbols and early writing to the Internet and social media, readers are introduced to an expansive, intellectually enlivening study of the relationship between human history and communication media.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Part I The Media of Early Civilization

  1. The Earliest Precursor of Writing, Denise Schmandt-Besserat
  2. Media in Ancient Empires, Harold Innis
  3. Civilization Without Writing – The Incas and the Quipu, Marcia Ascher and Robert Ascher
  4. The Origin of Writing, Andrew Robinson
  5. Part II The Tradition of Western Literacy

  6. The Greek Legacy, Eric Havelock
  7. Writing and the Alphabet Effect, Robert K. Logan
  8. Writing Restructures Consciousness, Walter Ong
  9. Communication and Faith in the Middle Ages, James Burke and Robert Ornstein
  10. Part III The Print Revolution

  11. Paper and Block Printing – From China to Europe, Thomas F. Carter
  12. The Invention of Printing, Lewis Mumford
  13. Early Modern Literacies, Harvey J. Graff
  14. Sensationalism in Early Printed News, Mitchell Stephens
  15. Part IV Electricity Creates the Wired the World

  16. Time, Space and the Telegraph, James W. Carey
  17. The New Journalism, Michael Shudson
  18. The Telephone Takes Command, Claude S. Fischer
  19. Dream Worlds of Consumption, Rosalynd Williams
  20. Wireless World, Stephen Kern
  21. Part V Image and Sound

  22. Early Photojournalism, Ulrich Keller
  23. Inscribing Sound, Lisa Gittelman
  24. The Making of the Phonograph, Jonathan Sterne
  25. Early Motion Pictures, Daniel Czitrom
  26. Movies Talk, Scott Eyman
  27. Part VI Radio Days

  28. The Public Voice of Radio, John Durham Peters
  29. Early Radio, Susan J. Douglas
  30. The Golden Age of Programming, Christopher Sterling and John M. Kittross
  31. Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds Broadcast, Paul Heyer
  32. Radio Voices, Michelle Hilmes
  33. Radio in the Television Age, Peter Fornatale and Joshua E. Mills
  34. Part VII TV Times

  35. Television Begins, William Boddy
  36. The New Languages, Edmund Carpenter
  37. Making Room for TV, Lynn Spigel
  38. From Turmoil to Tranquility in 1960s Television, Gary Edgarton
  39. Boob Tubes, Fans, and Addicts, Richard Butsch
  40. Part VIII New Media and Old in The Digital Age

  41. How Media Became New, Lev Manovich
  42. Popularizing the Internet, Janet Abbate
  43. The World Wide Web, Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin
  44. A Cultural History of Web 2.0, Alice E. Marwick
  45. Social Media Retweets History, Tom Standage

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Paul Heyer is Professor Emeritus in the Communication Studies Department at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.

Peter Urquhart is Associate Professor in the Communication Studies Department at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.


 This is an excellent selection of seminal work by key scholars in the field of communications history. Introductions to each section connect technological developments in communications to the social, cultural and economic structures within a particular historical period. Excerpts are well-chosen to offer students accessible scholarship from a variety of disciplines.

-June M. Madeley, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, Canada