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Across the Waves: How the United States and France Shaped the International Age of Radio - History of Communication (Hardback)
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Across the Waves: How the United States and France Shaped the International Age of Radio - History of Communication (Hardback)

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Hardback 258 Pages / Published: 18/10/2017
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In 1931, the United States and France embarked on a broadcasting partnership built around radio. Over time, the transatlantic sonic alliance came to personify and to shape American-French relations in an era of increased global media production and distribution. Drawing on a broad range of American and French archives, Derek Vaillant joins textual and aural materials with original data analytics and maps to illuminate U.S.-French broadcasting's political and cultural development. Vaillant focuses on the period from 1931 until France dismantled its state media system in 1974. His analysis examines mobile actors, circulating programs, and shifting governmental and other institutions shaping international radio's use in times of war and peace. He explores the extraordinary achievements, the miscommunications and failures, and the limits of cooperation between America and France as they shaped a new media environment. Throughout, Vaillant explains how radio's power as an instantaneous mass communications tool produced, legitimized, and circulated various notions of states, cultures, ideologies, and peoples as superior or inferior.

Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252041419
Number of pages: 258
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Vaillant's stimulating analysis of a neglected dimension of transatlantic broadcasting brilliantly captures the dynamic interplay of international relations, technological change, and textual innovation, and sheds new light on the place of American radio in the global media landscape of the twentieth century." Kate Lacey, author of Listening Publics: The Politics and Experience of Listening in the Media Age

"Vaillant's text is outstanding. The research and reporting are carefully and professionally done, the supporting data enlightening and the story interesting. . . . Across the Waves makes a significant contribution to international media scholarship."--American Journalism

"Well researched and readable. . . Recommended."--Choice

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