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“Steamboat Sociality” along the Danube and the Black Sea (mid-1830s–mid-1850s) (August 2020)


This paper explores the social dimension of cruising by looking at new forms of sociality created by the advent of steamboats along the Danube and in the Black Sea. Since a Viennese steamship company introduced cruises between Vienna and Istanbul in the mid-1830s, Austrian steamboats became a busy stage of diverse social encounters. The idea of ships as “floating spaces”, “historical arenas” or “contact zones” in which different cultures meet has been developed by scholars for a long time. Framed within the new mobilities paradigm, this paper details a large range of social interactions on board Austrian steamers based on the accounts of more than a dozen travellers who plied along the Vienna–Istanbul route in the mid-1830s to the mid-1850s. With sociality as an integral part of modern transportation, this paper analyses the early phases in the industrialisation and commodification of travelling and focuses on the social experiences that steamboat cruising provided to customers.

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Authors & Contributors
Kaelble, Hartmut
Vaccari, Ezio
Jackson, Patrick N. Wyse
Riera i Tuèbols, Santiago
Florensa Giménez, Albert
Klaver, J. M. I.
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Journal of Global History
Journal of Historical Geography
Earth Sciences History: Journal of the History of the Earth Sciences Society
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Technology and Culture
St. Martin's Press
Arcadian Library
University of Washington Press
Éd. du CTHS
Il Poligrafo
Travel; exploration
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Scientific expeditions
Social relations; social groups
Cole, Grenville Arthur James
Reichenbach, Georg von
Zach, Franz Xaver von
Moore, David
Lyell, Charles
Darwin, Charles Robert
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century
20th century, early
17th century
United States
Catalonia (Spain)
Royal Dublin Society
European Commission of the Danube
Moscow. Universitet

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