This readable and cogent book provides a much-needed overview of the information revolution in a global context. First tracing the historical evolution of communications since the development of the printing press, Elizabeth C. Hanson then explores the profound ways that new information and communication technologies are transforming international relations. Hanson considers the controversies over the present and future impact of a radically new information and communications environment as part of larger debates over globalization and the role of technology in historical change. Her carefully chosen case studies and judicious use of relevant research provide a firm basis for readers to evaluate competing arguments on this contentious issue.
Elizabeth C. Hanson is professor of political science and director of the India studies program at the University of Connecticut.
Chapter 1: The Information Revolution Chapter 2: The Origins of the Information Revolution Chapter 3: The Globalization of Communication Chapter 4: War and Peace in the Information Age Chapter 5: The Information Revolution, the Global Economy, and the Distribution of Wealth Chapter 6: Global Communication and the Nation-State Chapter 7: Issues and Choices