La force motrice hydraulique au service du développement économique helvétique : L'exemple du réseau d'eau sous pression à Lausanne 1868-1914

Détails

ID Serval
serval:BIB_41373
Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Titre
La force motrice hydraulique au service du développement économique helvétique : L'exemple du réseau d'eau sous pression à Lausanne 1868-1914
Périodique
Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Geschichte = Revue Suisse d'histoire = Rivista storica Svizzera
Auteur(s)
Humair C
ISSN
0036-7834
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
2006
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
56
Numéro
2
Pages
127-151
Langue
français
Résumé
The success story of hydroelectricity long influenced and dominated Swiss scholarly literature devoted to the history of technology. This means of conducting power, which emerged at the end of the 19th century and is still dominating today, has attracted much more attention than technologies that have been shadowed by its success. In spite of their important contribution to Swiss economic development, the distribution networks of pressurized water have been neglected by scholars. This article contributes to close this historiographic gap by analyzing the introduction of pressurized water distribution in 1876 in Lausanne, in the context of the building of the first Swiss cable funicular between Lausanne and Ouchy. This article shows how pressurized water distribution transformed socio-economic practices in the urban areas in which it was adopted. Indeed, this innovation, which allowed the use of distant hydraulic resources, enabled the rationalization of industrial and artisanal production as well as improved the density of the urban industrial base. By facilitating the introduction of electric lighting, pressurized water networks played a key role in the early development, and further successes, of the Swiss hydroelectric industry.
Mots-clé
énergie, eau, développement économique, réseaux, force motrice
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19/11/2007 11:20
Dernière modification de la notice
03/03/2018 16:31
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