The Handbook of Communication History  book cover
1st Edition

The Handbook of Communication History

ISBN 9780415892605
Published December 10, 2012 by Routledge
528 Pages

FREE Standard Shipping
USD $140.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

The Handbook of Communication History addresses central ideas, social practices, and media of communication as they have developed across time, cultures, and world geographical regions. It attends to both the varieties of communication in world history and the historical investigation of those forms in communication and media studies. The Handbook editors view communication as encompassing patterns, processes, and performances of social interaction, symbolic production, material exchange, institutional formation, social praxis, and discourse. As such, the history of communication cuts across social, cultural, intellectual, political, technological, institutional, and economic history.

The volume examines the history of communication history; the history of ideas of communication; the history of communication media; and the history of the field of communication.  Readers will explore the history of the object under consideration (relevant practices, media, and ideas), review its manifestations in different regions and cultures (comparative dimensions), and orient toward current thinking and historical research on the topic (current state of the field). As a whole, the volume gathers disparate strands of communication history into one volume, offering an accessible and panoramic view of the development of communication over time and geographical places, and providing a catalyst to further work in communication history.

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Foreword
Robert T. Craig

Peter Simonson, Janice Peck, Robert T. Craig, and John P. Jackson, Jr.

1. Field
The History of Communication History. Peter Simonson, Janice Peck, Robert T. Craig, and John P. Jackson, Jr.
Media. David Crowley and Paul Heyer
Communication Research. Jefferson D. Pooley  and David W. Park

2. Modes
Audiences: Publics, Crowds, Mass. Richard Butsch
Rhetoric in Cross-Cultural Perspectives.  C. Jan Swearingen
Conversation.  Peter Burke
Visual Communication.  Michael Griffin
Communication in Music. Christian Kaden

3. Media
Print Culture.  Ronald J. Zboray and Mary Saracino Zboray
Journalism.  John Nerone
Telecommunications.  Gabriele Balbi
Radio Broadcasting.  Christopher H. Sterling
Television. Andreas Fickers
New Media. Benjamin Peters and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

4. Society
 The City.  Juraj Kittler
Science Communication. Joan Leach
Politics. Josef Seethaler
Labor. Nathan Godfried
War. Mette Mortensen
Gender and Media: A Very Short Herstory. Karen Ross
Race.  Murali Balaji and Letrell D. Crittenden
Organizing.  Karen Lee Ashcraft and Pushkala Prasad

5. World 
Rhetoric in Latin America. Susan Romano
'Cultural Imperialism' Revisited: The Case of Broadcasting in Latin America, India, and China.  John Sinclair
Communication in Colonial and Post-Colonial Southern Africa.  Donal P. McCracken and Ruth E. Teer-Tomaselli
Islam, Mediation and Technology.  Nabil Echchabi
Jewish Media and Communication in the Modern Age. Gideon Kouts
East Asian Communication Studies. Guo-Ming Chen,  Akira Miyahara, and Min-Sun Kim

Epilogue: The Futures of Communication. Lucien Sfez

View More



Peter Simonson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Janice Peck is Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UC Boulder. 

Robert T. Craig is Professor in the Department of Communication at UC Boulder.

John P. Jackson, Jr., is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at UC Boulder.


"The Handbook of Communication History is an important contribution to valuing ideas, social practices and media communication as they have developed over time, past cultures and the history of world geographical regions. The comparative aspects of many of the chapters also add genuine value to the editorial aim of shifting our gaze not only into history but across national and international borders and is highly commendable."

- Simon Cross, Nottingham Trent University, UK, in European Journal of Communication

"This book is a unique collection of research on a critical part of the communication field. It suggests that unless we become more reflexive on what research we are doing, the field will continue to grow without direction... I recommend the book for all researchers in the field."

- Emile McAnany, Santa Clara University, Communication Research Trends