Inventing Europe: technology and the hidden integration of Europe

Th.J. Misa, J.W. Schot

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    Abstract

    This article serves as an introduction to this special issue as well as a self-standing contribution. Using the lens of technology, we situate European integration (typically viewed as a political process) as an emergent outcome of a process of linking and delinking of infrastructures, as well as the circulation and appropriation of artefacts, systems and knowledge. These processes carried, shaped, flagged, and helped to maintain a sense of Europeanness, bringing out tensions in Europe and tensions about Europe. We call this 'hidden integration.' Yet the story of integration does not point to a seamless and inevitable process, a grand project with a set agenda. Instead it was a contested process throughout the 20th century leading to fragmentation as well as to integration. Our approach is contrasted with standard interpretations of European integration that treat European integration as an episode in international relations between nation-states.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-19
    Number of pages19
    JournalHistory and Technology
    Volume21
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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