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Power to the People: Energy in Europe over the Last Five Centuries

Astrid Kander, Paolo Malanima, and Paul Warde


This book examines the varied but interconnected relationships between energy consumption and economic development in Europe over the last five centuries. It describes how the traditional energy economy of medieval and early modern Europe was marked by stable or falling per capita energy consumption, and how the First Industrial Revolution in the eighteenth century—fueled by coal and steam engines—redrew the economic, social, and geopolitical map of Europe and the world. The Second Industrial Revolution continued this energy expansion and social transformation through the use of oil and electr ... More

Keywords: energy consumption, economic development, Europe, energy economy, heavy industry, industrial revolution, climate change, economic growth, energy efficiency, energy demand

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691143620
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691143620.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Astrid Kander, author
Lund University

Paolo Malanima, author
Istituto di Studi Sulle Societa' Del Mediterraneo

Paul Warde, author
University of East Anglia