The Making of Europe’s Critical Infrastructure

Common Connections and Shared Vulnerabilities

  • Per Högselius
  • Anique Hommels
  • Arne Kaijser
  • Erik van der Vleuten

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. General Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Erik van der Vleuten, Per Högselius, Anique Hommels, Arne Kaijser
      Pages 3-19
  3. Connecting a Continent

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Per Hogselius, Anna Åberg, Arne Kaijser
      Pages 27-61
    3. Vincent Lagendijk, Erik van der Vleuten
      Pages 62-101
  4. Negotiating Neighbors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Ivan Tchalakov, Tihomir Mitev, Ivaylo Hristov
      Pages 131-156
    3. Aristotle Tympas, Stathis Arapostathis, Katerina Vlantoni, Yiannis Garyfallos
      Pages 157-183
  5. Coping with Complexity

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Anique Hommels, Per Högselius, Arne Kaijser, Erik van der Vleuten
      Pages 263-277
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 278-313

About this book


Europe's critical infrastructure is a key concern to policymakers, NGOs, companies, and citizens today. A 2006 power line failure in northern Germany closed lights in Portugal in a matter of seconds. Several Russian-Ukrainian gas crises shocked politicians, entrepreneurs, and citizens thousands of kilometers away in Germany, France, and Italy. This book argues that present-day infrastructure vulnerabilities resulted from choices of infrastructure builders in the past. It inquires which, and whose, vulnerabilities they perceived, negotiated, prioritized, and inscribed in Europe's critical infrastructure. It does not take 'Europe' for granted, but actively investigates which countries and peoples were historically connected in joint interdependency, and why. In short, this collection unravels the simultaneous historical shaping of infrastructure, common vulnerabilities, and Europe.


European Union history Business and infrastructure history Transnational history contemporary Europe Cold War communication emergency Europe Greece Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

Editors and affiliations

  • Per Högselius
    • 1
  • Anique Hommels
    • 2
  • Arne Kaijser
    • 1
  • Erik van der Vleuten
    • 3
  1. 1.KTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Maastricht UniversityThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Eindhoven University of TechnologyThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2013
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-47131-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-35873-8
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