Transnational infrastructures and the origins of European integration

Schot, Johan (2010) Transnational infrastructures and the origins of European integration. In: Badenoch, Alexander and Fickers, Andreas (eds.) Materializing Europe: transnational infrastructures and the project of Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndsmills, pp. 82-112. ISBN 9780230232891

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Janet Snow
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2014 09:26
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 09:26
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/51141
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