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By Gabrielle Hecht

The chilly battle was once no longer easily a duel of superpowers. It came about not only in Washington and Moscow but additionally within the social and political arenas of geographically far-flung nations rising from colonial rule. furthermore, chilly battle tensions have been appear not just in international political disputes but additionally in struggles over expertise. Technological platforms and services provided a strong method to form international locations politically, economically, socially, and culturally. Entangled Geographiesexplores how chilly battle politics, imperialism, and postcolonial state development grew to become entangled in applied sciences and considers the legacies of these entanglements for today's globalized global. The essays tackle such themes because the islands and atolls taken over for army and technological reasons through the supposedly non-imperial usa, apartheid-era South Africa's efforts to accomplish overseas legitimacy as a nuclear country, overseas technical advice and chilly struggle politics, the Saudi irrigation process that spurred a Shi'i uprising, and the non permanent technopolitics of emergency as practiced through Medecins sans Frontières. The participants to Entangled Geographies provide insights from the anthropology and heritage of improvement, from diplomatic background, and from technology and know-how reviews. The e-book represents a distinct synthesis of those 3 disciplines, offering new views at the international chilly struggle.

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Also mapped were the strategically important territories fading from the grasp of America’s reliable allies: British Diego Garcia, St. Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha; Bermuda; French Seychelles; and Australian Christmas Island (now Kiritimati). Touted as a truly global system, the project in fact represented a Cold War geography. 3 Artist’s impression of the US Triangulation Satellite Program suggesting the project covered the earth’s surface in mathematically perfect triangles, 1968. Source: NOAA Geodesy Collection.

Erasing Space, Filling Technology The legal and geopolitical mobilization of islands into the American orbit took a specific technological shape that would dominate the postwar era: emptying out space by filling the islands with technologically intense systems that obscured the political imprints of the United States. A closer look at three territories demonstrates how the island chains physically anchored the technological systems that wired the US into a networked empire. In the Azores, in Kwajalein, and in Diego Garcia, the US displaced local peoples, supplanting their presence with layers of technological systems—nodes in a global network of power.

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