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Engineers in Western Europe: Ascent—and Decline?

A Profession Torn Between Technology and Economy, 1850–1990, with Outlooks to the Present

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  • Presents the history of engineers in Western Europe since 1850

  • Focuses on the special role of engineers torn between Technology and Economy

  • Deals with engineers as a professional group instead of with one or a number of well-known path-breakers

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. The Impact of Engineers in Western Europe 1850–1990

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 267-268
    2. Was the Impact of Engineers Beneficial?

      • Rolf Torstendahl
      Pages 283-303
  2. Back Matter

    Pages 305-333

About this book

In his book, pending between history and sociology, on engineers in thirteen countries of the western part of Europe, Professor Rolf Torstendahl approaches the development from around 1850 up to the present situation from different angles.

- One examines the educational patterns and the author shows how widely different types of formation of engineers existed in Britain, France and Germany in the early period. They were paradigmatic for other countries. Differences remain but patterns have gradually become similar.

- From another angle the author makes professional organisations of engineers a main object of study, and they vary from alumni associations to powerful lobby organisations.

- A third approach in the book is to examine engineers versus sociological theories of professionalism on the one hand and theories of managerialism on the other. In the last chapter the author also discusses topics like technocracy and the responsibility of engineers.


Authors and Affiliations

  • Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

    Rolf Torstendahl

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Engineers in Western Europe: Ascent—and Decline?

  • Book Subtitle: A Profession Torn Between Technology and Economy, 1850–1990, with Outlooks to the Present

  • Authors: Rolf Torstendahl

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-57438-3

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-57437-6Published: 16 January 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-57440-6Published: 16 January 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-57438-3Published: 15 January 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 333

  • Number of Illustrations: 5 b/w illustrations, 25 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: History of Technology

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eBook USD 99.00
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Softcover Book USD 129.99
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  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info
Hardcover Book USD 129.99
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  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

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