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The News of Empire: Telegraphy, Journalism, and the Politics of Reporting in Colonial India, c. 1830–1900

Amelia Bonea


On 14 July 2013, India closed down its telegraph service, drawing the curtain over an important chapter in its history of telecommunications. Introduced during the British colonial period, the telegraph was opened for public use on 1 February 1855. The beginning of the service, much like its end, was marked by strikingly similar scenes of people ‘rushing’ to the telegraph office in order to send messages. The similarity with the contemporary scenario does not end here. Like the internet today, the electric telegraph came to play an important role in the conduct of journalism in nineteenth-cent ... More

Keywords: South Asia, India, nineteenth century, British Empire, technology, electric telegraph, journalism, news reporting, telecommunications

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199467129
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199467129.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amelia Bonea, author