Abstract

This article seeks how best to understand the history of humankind as a whole by emphasizing communications and transportation networks. It summarizes the principal consequences of major changes in the range and carrying capacity of these networks, with reflections on the role of the West in recent centuries. During these centuries Europeans enjoyed a brief experience of world dominance, thanks to an initial monopoly of modern forms of mechanically powered transport and electrical communication, only to see their dominant position decline as other peoples have caught up with them in our own time.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-8050
Print ISSN
1045-6007
Pages
pp. 215-236
Launched on MUSE
2005-02-24
Open Access
No
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