Technology and the Making of Europe

AUP Series

The Technology and European History series

Edited by Ruth Oldenziel and Johan Schot (Eindhoven University of Technology)

The Technology and European History series seeks to present scholarship about the role of technology in European history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The series focuses on how technical communities, nation-states, businesses, social groups, and other actors have contested, projected, performed, and reproduced multiple representations of Europe while constructing and using a range of technologies. The series understands Europe both as an intellectual construct and material practice in relation to spaces inside as well as outside Europe. In particular, the series invites studies focusing on Europe's (former) colonies and on the two new superpowers of the twentieth century: the United States of America and the Soviet Union. Interdisciplinary work is welcomed. The series will offer a platform for scholarly works associated with the Tensions of Europe Network to find their way to a broader audience.

The series is published by the Foundation for the History of Technology & Amsterdam University Press.  In the coming years various PhD theses will be added to this series. 


European Coasts of Bohemia

Negotiating the Danube-Oder-Elbe Canal in a troubled Twentieth Century

Jirí Janác

The Danube–Oder–Elbe Canal attracted a great deal of attention throughout the twentieth century. Its promoters defined it as a tool for integrating a divided Europe. Although the canal was situated almost exclusively on Czech territory, it promised to create an integrated waterway system across the Continent that would link Black Sea po

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Europe - On Air

Interwar Projects for Radio Broadcasting

Suzanne Lommers

Radio broadcasting may seem old-fashioned nowadays, but early radio infrastructures and programs in Europe were the real social media of their time. They laid the foundation for how we experience European unification and global interconnectedness today. Europe - on Air takes you on a tour through the early days of broadcasting. Rarely studied

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Material Fantasies

Expectations of the Western Consumer World among East Germans

Milena Veenis

This informative study of East German fantasies of material abundance across the border, both before and after the fall of communism, shows the close and intricate relationship between ideology and fantasy in upholding social life. In 1989, news broadcasts all over the world were dominated for weeks by images of East Germans crossing the Berlin Wal

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Constructing Iron Europe

Transnationalism & Railways in the Interbellum

Irene Anastasiadou

Most conventional histories look at railways as a means for the construction of nation states and empires. Recently, historiography has pointed out the importance of looking at technological developments and more specifically infrastructures at a transnational scale. This will lead to better insights on the history of modern Europe in general, an

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Manufacturing Technology, Manufacturing consumers.

The Making of Dutch Consumer Society

Adri Albert de la Bruhčze and Ruth Oldenziel

In the twentieth century production and consumption rapidly grew, accompanied by businesses’ frantic search for new markets. To be successful, new products and new technologies had to become socially embedded. In that process, a lot of (new) institutions, corporations, interest communities, research organizations, trades, shops, and laborator

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Electrifying Europe

The power of Europe in the construction of electricity networks

Vincent Lagendijk

Nowadays most consumers are aware of the European dimensions of their electricity supply. But what ideas lie behind this European network? In constructing electricity networks, “Europe” performed a Janus-faced function. On the one hand, a European network would bolster economic growth and peace. On the other, economic growth through ele

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Materialising identity

The co-construction of the Gotthard Railway and Swiss national identity

Judith Schueler

Since its opening in 1882, the Gotthard Railway with its 15-kilometer long tunnel under the Gotthard Massif provides a crucial international link through the Swiss Alps between North-Western Europe and Italy. In contrast to many other railway lines, its symbolic meaning never sank into oblivion. In Swiss society today, references to the Gotthard my

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Driving Europe

Building Europe on roads in the twentieth century

Frank Schipper

This book discusses the intersection of Europe and roads. Today we can hardly imagine life without roads and the automobiles that use them to move around. The vast majority of movements in Europe takes place on the road. Travelers use the car to explore parts of the continent on their holidays and goods travel large distances to reach consumers. In

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