In contrast to Thomas Hughes’ classic systems theory published as Networks of Power exactly 40 years ago, the collective import of this volume’s assembled scholarship is to highlight the role of cultural contingency (vis-à-vis technological momentum) in the take-up of electricity.
Through examinations of domestic servants in electrical advertisements and writings this article looks at the imaginations and realities of visions of an “Electrical Calcutta” at the turn of the twentieth century.
Out of the reach of cattle? Animal subjectivities shaping the electrical cultures of British livestock farming in the second half of the 20th C.
This paper explores the use of electricity in 20th-century British farming, as captured in the agricultural press, advisory literature, films and specialist publications intended for the farming community.
The arrival of widespread domestic electricity in rural Ireland was spread over two decades in the 1950s and 1960s, where the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) rolled out an electrical grid across the State.
This special issue aims at providing nuanced and multi-layered understandings of historical choices regarding, and perceptions of, electric supply and electrical technologies, by taking into consideration diverse groups, actors, agencies, and communities in distinct historical and regional settin
A way out of darkness: Thinking about the future of Spain through the promises of electricity and energy abundance, 1898–1931
This article historicizes electricity and energy abundance and their relation to the reconfiguration of political power in a context of (self-perceived) national decline.
Arne Kaijser, Markku Lehtonen, Jan-Henrik Meyer, Mar Rubio-Varas (eds), Engaging the Atom: The History of Nuclear Energy and Society in Europe from the 1950s to the Present (Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press, 2021).
Diana J. Montaño, Electrifying Mexico: Technology and the Transformation of a Modern City (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2021)
Introducing a large panel dataset of economy-wide real electricity prices and estimating long-run GDP and price elasticities of electricity demand for high- and middle-income panels
We assemble a particularly large dataset of real economy-wide electricity prices (2015 US cents per kilowatt hour) by first consumption-weighting electricity prices for industry and residential households.
This article historicizes the rise of the Texas wind industry using the 2010 construction of the Roscoe Wind Farm in West Texas as a case study.