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Title Materializing Europe [electronic resource] ; Transnational infrastructures and the project of Europe / Edited by Alexander Badenoch, Andreas Fickers.

Published Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan


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Physical description 352 p. : 32 b&w, ill., 37 5.
Notes Electronic book text.
Contents Introduction: Europe Materializing? Toward a Transnational History of European Infrastructures-- A.Badenoch& A.Fickers PART I: QUESTIONING THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN INFRASTRUCTURES AND EUROPE Detours around Africa: The Connection between Developing Colonies and Integrating Europe-- D.van Laak Biography 1: The Oliven Plan: the Long Life of Non-existent Network-- V.Lagendijk Myths of the European network: Constructions of Cohesion in Infrastructure Maps-- A.Badenoch Biography 2: David Mitrany and Ernst Haas: Theorising a United Europe-- W.Zaidi Transnational Infrastructures and the Origins of European Integration-- J.Schot PART II: MEDIATING EUROPE: MOVING THINGS, BUILDING SYSTEMS Universalism or Regionalism? The Work of the Advisory and Technical Committee for Communications and Transit of the League of Nations-- F.Schipper, V.Lagendijk& I.Anastasiadou Biography 3: Louis Armand -- between United Atoms and Common Railways-- C.Henrich-Franke Feeding the Peoples of Europe: Transport Infrastructures and the Building of Transnational Cooling Chains in the Early Cold War, 1947-1960-- E.van der Vleuten Biography 4: Mobilizing Europe's Capital-- F.Schipper Eurocheque: Creating a 'common currency'. European Infrastructures for the Cashless Mass Payments System-- B.Bonhage Biography 5: Georges Valensi, Europe Calling?-- L.Laborie Off the Leash. The European Mobile Phone Standard (GSM) as a Transnational Telecommunications Infrastructure-- P.Kammerer PART III: EUROPE BETWEEN PROJECTS AND PROJECTIONS Eventing Europe: Broadcasting and the Mediated Performances of Europe-- A.Fickers& S.Lommers Biography 6: The Radio Station Scale: a Materialized European Event-- A.Fickers From Sea to Shining Sea: Making Ends Meet on European Rivers-- C.Disco Biography 7: Peaceful Atom: the Brief Career of a Symbol of Cooperation and Prosperity-- D.van Lente European Civil Aviation in an Era of Hegemonic Nationalism: Infrastructure, Air Mobility, and European Identity Formation, 1919-1933-- E.Kranakis.
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Summary This book explores the relationships between European integration and material infrastructures. Taking transnational infrastructures as the focal point of study, the book focuses on the various forms of mediation between the material, institutional and discursive levels of European integration and fragmentation in a truly transnational perspective. Transnational infrastructures have long been an integral part of projects to unite Europe. From the first ceremonial train of the European Coal and Steel Community to the new border signs that have replaced checkpoints along motorways, such technologies of connection have served as powerful symbols of European unification. In interpreting infrastructures as mediating interfaces of European projects, this book aims to analyze the complex histories of network technologies in their material, institutional and symbolic performances. Taking material networks as the focal point of study allows the authors to tell a truly transnational history, broadening fruitfully our perspectives on a number of historical narratives. It expands the time frame for exploring European integration by pointing to the longer processes of international connection and co-operation. These broadened spatial and temporal horizons allow to de-centre the processes of formal integration surrounding the EU after WWII to reveal a broader range of actors and forces in European history.
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History notes ALEXANDER BADENOCH is Lecturer in Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He received his PhD in Modern Languages from the University of Southampton, and recently completed a post-doc on European Infrastructures at Technical University of Eindhoven. He is author of Voices in Ruins: West German Radio Across the 1945 (Palgrave 2008). ANDREAS FICKERS is Associate Professor for Comparative Media History at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. He received his PhD in History from Aachen University and was Assistant Professor in Television History at Utrecht University. He recently edited A European Television History together with Jonathan Bignell. He is currently President of the German Association for the History of Medicine, Science and Technology.
Other author Badenoch, Alexander, 1971-
Fickers, Andreas, 1971-
Subject Infrastructure (Economics) -- Europe.
Technology and state -- Europe.
Impact of science & technology on society.
Economic history.
Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000.
European history.
Social & cultural history.
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