This article seeks to understand the reasons for Victorian fatalism towards coal dependency – which led to in an inability to abandon this energy – in an effort to better understand what an energy transition would actually entail.
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.
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
This historiographical essay shows how historians have dealt with energy since the beginning of the 20th c. and until today.