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Ruhr (Germany : Region) -- History, Technology -- History, Technology -- Social aspects




Constructing electric power and light systems early in the twentieth century challenged existing institutional boundaries. Large-scale technological systems had a wide variety of internal components, the development of which provided new opportunities to serve more customers and wider areas. Such was the case with electricity. Deployment of electric power systems required renegotiation of institutional boundaries, as leaders of various organized bodies used new technology to promote their own interests… Around 1900 there were at least four different kinds of institutions that competed to build regional power systems in Germany: electrical manufacturers, municipal governments, county administrations, and heavy industrialists… The Ruhr provides a useful focus for investigating institutional and technological change.


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Todd, Edmund N.. “Industry, State, and Electrical Technology in the Ruhr Circa 1900”. Osiris 5 (1989): 242–259.

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