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Jonathan Coopersmith

Jonathan Coopersmith
Areas of Speciality
  • Britain and its Empire
  • Russian and Soviet History
  • History of Technology
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D.Phil., University of Oxford 1985

Research Interests

Jonathan Coopersmith emphasizes that technology cannot be viewed simply in a national context, but must be understood in a larger international context in his teaching and research.  His FAXED: The Rise and Fall of the Fax Machine (Johns Hopkins, 2015) weaves a Möbius strip of a tale from Europe to the United States and Japan, blending invention, innovation, changing concepts of information, and the daunting challenges of commercial development.  His previous research on Russian electrification demonstrated the important role of technological and cultural transfer between Germany and Russia as well as the uniquely Soviet path followed in the early 20th century.