Abstract

This article draws on case studies from the energy transitions to coal, oil, and electricity in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in America to highlight the importance of attending to the material dimensions of energy systems. The essay argues that a focus on materiality illuminates both the political stakes of energy infrastructure and helps explain the dynamics of energy transitions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)378-394
Number of pages17
JournalCanadian Journal of History
Volume53
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

Keywords

  • Coal
  • Electricity
  • Energy
  • Energy transitions
  • Infrastructure
  • Materiality
  • Oil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History

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