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Communications Under the SeasThe Evolving Cable Network and Its Implications$
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Bernard Finn and Daqing Yang

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012867

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012867.001.0001

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Submarine Cables and Diplomatic Culture

Submarine Cables and Diplomatic Culture

(p.209) 10 Submarine Cables and Diplomatic Culture
Communications Under the Seas

David Paull Nickles

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This chapter talks about how submarine telegraphy has influenced and helped modify diplomatic relations to how it is today. In fact, there were those who saw the expansion of submarine telegraphy as an instrument for peace due to its potential to create mutual comprehension and respect. The chapter further explores the history of telegraphy with diplomatic culture and cites how some were suspicious of the benefits of the telegraph in diplomacy. Some believed the passage of time was their ally in the sense that when decisions and events were accelerated, they could result in dangerous outcomes. Ultimately, this exploration of the history of telegraphy provides a historical context for improving international relations. Henry Kissinger, in fact, expressed his concern for the state of diplomatic affairs in relation to telecommunications, and how we remain politically unprepared for its fruits.

Keywords:   submarine telegraphy, diplomatic relations, diplomatic culture, passage of time, international relations, Henry Kissinger

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