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Across the WavesHow the United States and France Shaped the International Age of Radio$
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Derek W. Vaillant

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041419

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041419.001.0001

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At the Border of U.S.–French Broadcasting

(p.1) Introduction
Across the Waves

Derek W. Vaillant

University of Illinois Press

U.S–French transatlantic encounters produced contrasting techno-aesthetic ideals of radio broadcasting. The American paradigm stressed power, abundance, and high-speed execution; it could be quantified in kilowatts (kW), stations, transmitters, and program hours. The French techno-aesthetic emphasized quality, scarcity, and deliberate pacing; it prized the artistic and aesthetic merits of a program, valorized the disciplining effect of making do with finite resources, and celebrated deliberation over speedy results. Part 1 of this book examines the rise of U.S.French broadcasting from the mid-1920s through World War II. Part 2 shifts to post-Liberation France, the Marshall Plan era, and the entanglements shaping U.S–French broadcasting as a dynamic mode of Cold War geopolitics.

Keywords:   Nationalism, communication, radio, France, United States, techno-aesthetic, politics, diplomacy, nation, modernity, geopolitics, international, global

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