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The Age of Electricity

Vaclav Smil

in Creating the Twentieth Century: Technical Innovations of 1867-1914 and Their Lasting Impact

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195168747
eISBN:
9780199835522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195168747.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

No other technical innovation had such a far-reaching impact on modern civilization as the creation of an admirably reliable system of electricity generation, transmission, and conversion. Thomas A. ... More


Selling Power: Economics, Policy, and Electric Utilities Before 1940

John L. Neufeld

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226399638
eISBN:
9780226399775
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226399775.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Industrial policy frequently seeks to alter an industry’s structure to better align the incentives faced by individual decision makers with the needs and desires of the industry’s consumers. For most ... More


Early Commercialization

John L. Neufeld

in Selling Power: Economics, Policy, and Electric Utilities Before 1940

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226399638
eISBN:
9780226399775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226399775.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

The discoveries and inventions that preceded and accompanied the early commercialization of electricity are discussed, including the development of batteries and generators and both arc and ... More


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