Article ID: CBB001210208

The Dynamics of Transnational Railway Governance in Europe during the Long Nineteenth Century (2011)

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Schot, Johan (Author)
Buiter, Hans (Author)
Anastasiadou (Author)


History and Technology
Volume: 27
Pages: 265--289


Publication Date: 2011
Edition Details: Part of a special issue, “Infrastructural Europeanism, or the Project of Building Europe on Infrastructures”
Language: English

Despite fierce international rivalries and commercial competition among companies, regions, and states in Europe, a transnational community of managers and engineers was able to promote interoperability of railways across national frontiers in the long nineteenth century. If at first they collaborated informally and ad hoc, around 1850 their activities became institutionalized. The main aim of this article is to explore the origins, working method, and spatial reach of their newly established institutions, of which the Verein Deutscher Eisenbahn-Verwaltungen (Association of German Railway Companies) is the most important. We argue that through its method of technification (or de-politicization), the Verein became a key transnational player in promoting collaboration and interoperability across national frontiers. Together with other railway organizations, including their engineers, the Verein contributed to creating a European transnational space -- one that was not fully controlled by national governments and that paved the way for new forms of infrastructural Europeanism.

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Authors & Contributors
Lagendijk, Vincent
Vleuten, Erik van der
Laborie, Léonard
May, Robert M.
Hoppe, Brigitte
Štrbáňová, Soňa
Journals
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
History and Technology
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
Contemporary European History
Publishers
Michigan State University Press
St. John's University (New York)
Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft
Concepts
International cooperation
Cross-national interaction
Technology and government
Societies; institutions; academies
Scientific communities; interprofessional relations
Infrastructure
People
Berthollet, Claude Louis
Blagden, Sir Charles
Banks, Joseph
Galton, Francis
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
18th century
21st century
Places
Europe
Brazil
Spain
England
France
United States
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Junta para Ampliación de Estudios e Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)
Académie Royale des Sciences (France)
Royal Society (Great Britain). European Science Exchange Programme
Akademiia Nauk SSSR
American International Association (AIA)
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