Focusing on experts in technology and science, Building Europe on Expertise delivers a new reading of European history. The authors show that modern Europe was built by experts using their unique knowledge to shape societies, set political agendas, and establish collaborations which proved decisive in integrating the continent.
The Making Europe series was awarded the Freeman Award by the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) in 2014, in recognition of its significant contribution to the interaction of science and technology studies with the study of innovation.
Helmuth Trischler is Head of Research at the Deutsches Museum and teaches modern history and history of technology at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany. He also serves as director of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society. He has published books on history of science, technology, and innovation, environmental and mobility history. Martin Kohlrausch teaches European political history at the KU Leuven, Belgium. His main research interests are the relation of modern politics and mass media and the history of experts in the 20th century. He is preparing an in-depth study on the political and social relevance of modernist architects in Central Europe.
Introduction. - PART I: CULTIVATING EXPERTS, ORDERING KNOWLEDGE. - 1. Educating Experts. - 2. Technical Experts as New National Elites. - 3. Architectures of Knowledge. - PART II: ENDANGERED EXPERTS, NEW SOCIAL ORDERS. - 4. Expertise with a Cause. - 5. Faustian Bargains in Totalitarian Europe. - 6. Experts in Exile. - PART III: COOPERATING EXPERTS, BUILDING INSTITUTIONS. - 7. Geographies of Cooperation in Nuclear Europe. - 8. Contesting Europe in Space. - 9. Experts' Europe from a Bird's-eye View Conclusion