Author : Dr Hans-Liudger Dienel, Dr Martin Schiefelbusch Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. Pub Date : 2014-08-28 Page : 292 Language : en Rating :
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Presenting recent research on the international integration of infrastructures in Europe, this book combines general and methodological chapters and examples from different a variety of sectors such as transport, electricity and communication networks. Particular focus is on the contrast between the ‘Europe of nation states’ of the nineteenth century (up to 1914) and the emerging ‘integrated Europe’ after World War II. Additional contributions provide perspectives from beyond Europe.
The wide range of topics gives a good overview of the different challenges posed and the strategies employed in each sector to establish internationally compatible networks, procedures and standards. This work strengthens comparative research as a complement to the detailed analysis of singular cases that often characterises previous works in this field. Methodologically, it therefore contributes to the progress of tools and strategies for comparative historical research. Part of the emerging research area dealing with the mechanisms of international collaboration, this book brings together recent research from European integration history, policy studies, political economy and cultural studies. Considering the growing intensity of international collaboration and exchange in many parts of social and economic life, it is also of topical interest.