Dirk van Laak

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ISBN: 978-3-10-397352-5


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From bridges and streets to data networks: Why everything has to flow in the modern age

They are the lifelines of our civilisation: Data highways, power supply, canals and satellites. Elegantly and full of anecdotes, historian Dirk van Laak gives an extensive overview of how these networks, known as infrastructure, have changed the world and our daily lives over the last 200 years. Without them neither modern households, television, nor the Internet, colonisation or globalisation would have been possible. Water, cargo or traffic – everything must flow, otherwise it all grinds to a halt. Dirk van Laak not only shows how central these structures that often lie below our perception threshold are, but also how important it is for the future to develop concepts that keep them in flux.

About Dirk van Laak

Dirk van Laak, born in 1961, is a Professor for 19th to 21st century German and European History at Leipzig University. From 2007 to 2016, he taught contemporary history at the Justus Liebig University in Gießen. He received the Volkswagen Opus magnum scholarship in 2015 to work on this book. Other publications include ‘Über alles in der Welt. Deutscher Imperialismus im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert’ (2005) as well as ‘Literatur und Geschichte. Eine Beziehungsanalyse’ (2012).

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