Networking Europe
Transnational Infrastructures and the Shaping of Europe, 1850–2000

Erik van der Vleuten and Arne Kaijser, editors

November, 2006, vii + 335pp., illustrated, 0-88135-394-9, $47.50

Networking Europe

Reviews

“The volume resulted from a six-year research effort led by the editors. In his conclusion, van der Vleuten summarizes the essays and helpfully relates their finding to the large-technological system research programme. On balance, the volume points the way for new collaborations between economic, political, cultural, and technological historians.” —Economic History Review, 60, 4 (2007)

Table of Contents

ERIK VAN DER VLEUTEN and ARNE KAIJSER
Prologue and Introduction: Transnational Networks and the Shaping of Contemporary Europe

PART I
GEOPOLITICS AND IDENTITIES IN 
THE AGE OF RAILS AND TELEGRAPHS

ARISTOTLE TYMPAS and IRENE ANASTASIADOU
1. Constructing Balkan Europe: The Modern Greek Pursuit of an “Iron Egnatia”

ANA PAULA SILVA and MARIA PAULA DIOGO
2. From Host and Hostage: Portugal, Britain, and the Atlantic Telegraph Networks

JUDITH SCHUELER
3. Traveling Towards the “Mountain that has Borne a State”: The Swiss Gotthard Railways

PART II
ELECTRICITY AND COMPETING VISIONS 
OF A UNITED EUROPE

ALEXANDER GALL
4. Atlantropa: A Technological Vision of a United Europe

HELMUT MAIER
5. Systems Connected: IG Auschwitz, Kaprun, and the Building of European Power Grids up to 1945

PART III
EUROPE CONNECTED, DISCONNECTED, 
AND RECONNECTED

PÄR BLOMKVIST
6. Roads for Flow—Roads for Peace: Lobbying for a European Highway System

LÉONARD LABORIE
7. A Missing Link? Telecommunications Networks and European Integration 1945–1970

GEERT VERBONG
8. Dutch Power Relations: From German Occupation to The French Connection

PER HÖGSELIUS
9. Connecting East and West? Electricity Systems in the Baltic Region

PART IV
REFLECTIONS ON INFRASTRUCTURES

ERIK VAN DER VLEUTEN
10. Understanding Network Societies: Two Decades of Large Technical System Studies

Notes on Contributors, Index of Names