The Chemical Industry in Europe, 1850–1914

Industrial Growth, Pollution, and Professionalization

  • Ernst Homburg
  • Anthony S. Travis
  • Harm G. Schröter

Part of the Chemists and Chemistry book series (CACH, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Ernst Homburg, Anthony S. Travis
      Pages 1-6
  3. Patterns of Industrialization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Hans Jørgen Styhr Petersen
      Pages 29-43
    3. Paolo Amat di San Filippo
      Pages 45-57
    4. Roman Mierzecki
      Pages 59-71
    5. Anders Lundgren
      Pages 73-93
    6. Harm G. Schröter, Anthony S. Travis
      Pages 95-118
  4. Pollution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Sarah Wilmot
      Pages 121-147
    3. Ernst Homburg
      Pages 165-181
    4. Arne Andersen
      Pages 183-200
  5. Chemists and Companies

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 321-345

About this book


Europe is the cradle of the modem international chemical industry. From the middle of the nineteenth century until the outbreak of World War I, the European chemical industry influenced not only the production and control of science and technology, but also made significant contributions towards economic development, as well as bringing about profound changes in working and living enviromnents. It is a highly complex heritage, both rich and threatening, that calls for close scrutinity. Fortunately, a unique opportunity to explore the historical development of the European chemical industry from a variety of novel standpoints, was made possible during 1993 as part of the European Science Foundation (ESF) programme called 'The Evolution of Chemistry in Europe, 1789-1939.' This process of exploration has taken place through three workshops, each dealing with different time periods. The workshop concerned with the period 1850-1914, which corresponds roughly to the so-called Second Industrial Revolution, was held in Maastricht, The Netherlands, on 23-25 March 1995. This volume is the outcome of that workshop. The other workshops dealing with European chemical industry were held in Liege in 1994, covering the First Industrial Revolution period, 1789-1850, and Strasbourg in 1996, covering the period between the two World Wars.


Chemical Industry Industrialisierung chemistry

Editors and affiliations

  • Ernst Homburg
    • 1
  • Anthony S. Travis
    • 2
  • Harm G. Schröter
    • 3
  1. 1.Rijksuniversiteit LimburgMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Sidney M. Edelstein CenterHebrew UniversityJerusalemIsrael
  3. 3.University of KonstanzKonstanzGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4971-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-3253-6
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