For a history of energy


Introduction: Energy in History, the History of Energy

CNRS, UMR Sirice 8138 (Paris)


Energy is a rich concept that can analyze much of the evolution of societies over time.

From the history of sources and sectors to the history of systems and transitions: how the history of energy has been written in France and beyond

École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales


This historiographical essay shows how historians have dealt with energy since the beginning of the 20th c. and until today.

Past, present and prospective energy transitions: an invitation to historians

Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London
Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University


This paper argues that historians and their disciplinary practices can enhance the analysis of energy transitions by non-historians.

Energy consumers, a boundary concept for the history of energy

Sorbonne Université (Faculté des Lettres)/ UMR Sirice


The historical approach of energies consumers is based on several questions on the conceptual frameworks. In the dailylife anthropology framework, energy consumption disappears behind the use of the artefacts and becomes an infra-consumption.