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Communicating Europe

Technologies, Information, Events

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Explores the geopolitcal importance of connecting technologies from the telephone, radio and television to the internet

  • Examines the relationship between communication technologies and culture, commerce and wider communities

  • Assess the spatial dimensions and transnational implications of communication devices as objects with particular qualities and symbolic meanings

Part of the book series: Making Europe (MAKE)

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About this book

Since the early years of telegraphy, modernity at large generated and has depended upon technologies of electrical/electronic communication and information circulation: from telephone, radio, and television to the internet. This volume reveals these connecting technologies’ geopolitical importance and their crucial relationships with culture, commerce, and communities. Also the authors critically examine their spatial dimensions and transnational implications – as material objects with particular qualities, as elements in institutional complexes, and as ‘vehicles’ carrying complex symbolic meanings. Through in-depth assessments of critical, as well as mundane, events in the history of communications and information, these analyses will significantly alter conventional perspectives both on communications and on modern European history.


  • engineering
  • Europe
  • history
  • information
  • technology


“The authors offer an expansive and detailed narrative, as well as an extensive bibliography and index, a compendium of relevant acronyms, and a huge array of maps and illustrations. … The examples are voluminous, covering many different communication technologies, regulations, and platforms. The work affords deep attention to nation-states, individual inventors, private enterprise, financiers, and users. … the authors offer something more valuable than an encyclopedia … .” (James Schwoch, Technology and Culture, Vol. 63 (1), January, 2022)

“This book takes an expansive view at technologies from the telegraph to the Internet across Europe. … Fickers and Griset have written a tremendously useful overview text that is accessible and helpful both to newcomers and experts in the field.” (Heidi Tworek, H-Soz-Kult,, June 22, 2021)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maison des Sciences Humaines, Universite du Luxembourg Maison des Sciences Humaines, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

    Andreas Fickers

  • Department of History, University of Paris-Sorbonne Department of History, Paris, France

    Pascal Griset

About the authors

Andreas Fickers is Professor of Contemporary and Digital History and Director of the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History at Luxembourg University (C2DH). He has published widely on the subjects of transnational media history and European history of technology. He is currently doing research on the methodological and epistemological challenges of digital historiography.

Pascal Griset is Professor of Modern History at Sorbonne University (UMR Sirice/CRHI), France. He is the coordinator and Principal Investigator of the H 2020 project Inventing a shared Science Diplomacy for Europe (InsSciDE). A specialist in the economic and technical history of information and communication technologies, he is currently researching the history of scientific research organizations and high technology industries. He chairs the Comité pour l'histoire de l'INSERM.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Communicating Europe

  • Book Subtitle: Technologies, Information, Events

  • Authors: Andreas Fickers, Pascal Griset

  • Series Title: Making Europe

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan London

  • Copyright Information: © Andreas Fickers, Pascal Griset and Foundation for the History of Technology 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-230-30803-9

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-0-230-30804-6

  • Series ISSN: 2947-7360

  • Series E-ISSN: 2947-7379

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIV, 485

  • Number of Illustrations: 91 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: European History, History of Technology, Media and Communication

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 34.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 99.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)