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- DescriptionLong before the Arab Spring and its use of social media demonstrated the potent intersection between techlogy and revolution, the Mexican Revolution employed wireless techlogy in the form of radiotelegraphy and radio broadcasting to alter the course of the revolution and influence how political leaders reconstituted the government. Radio in Revolution, an invative study of early radio techlogies and the Mexican Revolution, examines the foundational relationship between electronic wireless techlogies, single-party rule, and authoritarian practices in Mexican media. J. Justin Castro bridges the Porfiriato and the Mexican Revolution, discussing the techlogical continuities and change that set the stage for Lazaro Cardenas's famous radio decree calling for the expropriation of foreign oil companies. Not only did the nascent development of radio techlogy represent a major component in government plans for nation and state building, its interplay with state power in Mexico also transformed it into a crucial component of public communication services, national cohesion, military operations, and intelligence gathering. Castro argues that the revolution had far-reaching ramifications for the development of radio and politics in Mexico and reveals how continued security concerns prompted the revolutionary victors to view radio as a threat even while they embraced it as an essential component of maintaining control.
- Author BiographyJ. Justin Castro is an assistant professor of history at Arkansas State University, USA.
- Author(s)J. Justin Castro
- PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Date of Publication01/07/2016
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleThe Mexican Experience
- Place of PublicationLincoln
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Content Note21 images, 1 map, 4 graphs
- Weight576 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine21 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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