Building Europe on Expertise: Innovators, Organizers, Networkers

by Martin Kohlrausch and Helmuth Trischler

Released: April 2014 - order your copy here


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.


Seven reasons to buy this unique contribution to European history:

-    This book delivers a re-reading of Europe’s history through the lens of techno-scientific expertise

-    It treats expertise as a powerful force that connected – and at times also fragmented – Europe 

-    It presents exiting and accessible case studies hardly known so far

-    It highlights the inextricable interconnections between nation state-building and cross-national networks in

-    It explores the dark sides of European experts, from aligning with Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin to feeding the
     Cold War

-    It critically questions current debates on Europe’s identity built on knowledge

-    It includes 80 unique illustrations from all parts of Europe



"A brilliant reinterpretation of how experts' aspirations to realise the potentials of their technology flowed across borders to recreate the meaning of a continent."
- Robert Bud, Keeper of Science and Medicine, The Science Museum, London, UK

 "An outstanding survey of the role of scientific and tecnological experts inthe construction and reconstruction of Europe in the Long Twentieth Century. At last we have a much-needed complement to the vast literature on the political and economic integration of Europe that generally ignores the hidden integration undertaken by trans-national experts who have built the region's scientific and technological base, and whose achievements have inspired the Lisbon treaty's vision of a knowledge based economy. Essential reading for historians, political scientists and policy makers."
- John Krige, Kranzberg Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA 

"A complex process of building Europe has found two authors who are most qualified experts themselves in tracing the rise of expert cultures. Readers may follow the experts, from the mid-nineteenth century watershed of the Great Exhibition in 1951 to the late-twentieth-century CERN. On the way, the historians reveal the hidden integration of Europe through transnational circulation of knowledge. Theirs is not a simple story of progressive minds and peaceful developments but one in which nationalism and internationalism, competition and cooperation, and total war, authoritarian rule and democracy are inextricably intertwined."
- Johannes Paulmann, Director of the Leibniz Insititute of European History, Mainz, Germany  


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