Europe’s Rhine power: connections, borders, and flows

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Abstract

This article explores the pivotal position of the river Rhine in the gradual development of a European electricity system. Although the general image of the Rhine is one of a inland transport corridor, it also acted as a backbone of electricity supply systems since the dawn of the 20th century. By relying on insights from both water history and history of technology, the article argues for a transnational approach to better?grasp the dynamics of river use and related electricity generation, which often went below, as well as above and beyond nation-state affairs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-39
JournalWater History
Volume8
Issue number1
Early online date5 Sep 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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