História - Revista da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto, Vol 2, Pp 161-194 (2012)
Electricity, Congress, History, Economy, History (General), and D1-2009
The economical, financial and commercial circumstances generated by World War I (1914-1918) boosted, in industrialized countries and also in growing economies on the brink of industrialization, debate and consideration on energetic strategies and available options. This discussion gave primal role and attention towards electricity and its problematic, which surfaced admixed with more global conceptions about development and modernization. In Portugal, by the 1920´s, the four National Congress of electricity, that took place in the most important cities of the nation – Lisbon (1923), O´Porto (1924), Coimbra (1926) and Braga (1930) – where events of technical, economical and social nature that revealed grand dynamism as manifestations of that contradictory. Thus, this study seeks to give answer to three goals of analysis, specifically: – Characterize and explain the environment, the perceptions and representations produced in those Congress; – Interpret possible continuities and discontinuities of some portuguese economical theories and their influence; – Assess the degree of realism, utility and range of the indentified problems and their respective presented solutions
Electricity, journalism, technique, history, Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology, GN301-674, and Social Sciences
Electricity has been, since its appearance in the second half of the 19th century, object of journalismand news.Few were the journals in Portugal which dedicated exclusive attention to the subject. It was in scientificjournals by socio-professional associations that the matter of electricity achieved greater exposure. In thisgroup, the Journal of the Association of Portuguese Civil Engineers, founded and first published in 1870,was a prime contribution and played a vital role in this task.As an object of media reporting, electricity has produced information considered to be of interest to theHistory of Energy. Based on the abovementioned journal, between 1870 and 1945, this article intends toaddress the following topics: identify publications about electricity; analyze these same releases; demonstratetheir potential and contributions to the history of national electricity.