Book ID: CBB670030311

Engineers in Western Europe: Ascent—and Decline?: A Profession Torn Between Technology and Economy, 1850–1990, with Outlooks to the Present (2021)


In his book, pending between history and sociology, on engineers in thirteen countries of the western part of Europe, Professor Rolf Torstendahl approaches the development from around 1850 up to the present situation from different angles. - One examines the educational patterns and the author shows how widely different types of formation of engineers existed in Britain, France and Germany in the early period. They were paradigmatic for other countries. Differences remain but patterns have gradually become similar. - From another angle the author makes professional organisations of engineers a main object of study, and they vary from alumni associations to powerful lobby organisations. - A third approach in the book is to examine engineers versus sociological theories of professionalism on the one hand and theories of managerialism on the other. In the last chapter the author also discusses topics like technocracy and the responsibility of engineers.

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Authors & Contributors
Diogo, Maria Paula
Cardoso de Matos, Ana
Barrière, Jean-Paul
Maria de Lurdes Rodrigues
Florent Le Bot
Antónia Fialho Conde
Quaderns d'Història de l'Enginyeria
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
HOST: Journal of History of Science and Technology
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Presses Universitaires de Rennes
Palgrave Macmillan
Tinta da China
Presses universitaires du Midi
World Scientific
Presses Universitaires du Septentrion
Professions and professionalization
Scientific communities; interprofessional relations
Technology and society
Engineers, military
Fortes, Manuel de Azevedo
Pimentel, Luis Serrão
Vérin, Hélène
Grelon, André
Fountaine, Margaret
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
21st century
18th century
Early modern
20th century, late
United States
Great Britain
Pacific Rim
International Polar Year (1882-1883)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
International Geophysical Year (IGY)

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