1 February 2023 Webinar - European Energy Shortages during the Short Coal Age (1860-1960)

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Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

Online Workshop

European Energy Shortages during the Short Coal Age (1860-1960)

1 February 2023, 10–16h30 CET



10.00–10.10 AM: Welcome and Introduction

Per Högselius and Aliaksandr Piahanau, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm


10.10 – 11.00 AM: Session 1. Coal Shortages in the Cities

Cheap coal, poor people. Energy prices and living standards among the working class in Ghent (Belgium) during the long nineteenth century (1750-1950).

Wout Saelens, University of Antwerp and Vrije Universiteit Brussel


The Outbreak of the First World War and Coal Shortages in Warsaw: How Warsaw-Vienna Railway saved the City in September 1914

Nikolay Bogomazov, St. Petersburg State University


11.10–12.00 AM: Session 2: Fighting Energy Scarcity with Lignite

The State, Geo-politics and Coal in Greece: An Historical Perspective

Domna Iordanidou, Greece State Archives – Historical Archives of Macedonia in Thessaloniki


The “brown gold” of East Berlin: a look at East German energy policy in the ‘50s

Anna Maria Scognamiglio, Università degli Studi di Milano / Universität Bremen 




1.00 – 1.50 PM: Session 3: Exploring Coal Shortages through Media

Fuel, Fear, and Fault: Mass Media and Monopoly Blaming during the German Coal Crisis of 1900

Shaun Yajima, University of Tokyo / Ruhr Universität Bochum


Coal Shortage, Hydroelectrification, and Environmental Change in the First Austrian Republic,


Marc Landry, University of New Orleans


2.00 – 2.50 PM: Session 4: Coal Hunger at War & After

Starving for coal in times of war: the case of Greece during the Second World War

Vasilis G. Manousakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


Coal shortage in Denmark after WWII

Sissel Bjerrum Fossat, Museum Odense, and Mogens Rüdiger, Aalborg University


3.00 – 3.50 PM: Session 5: International Cooperation against Coal Shortages

The European Coal Organisation (1945-1947)

Marloes Beers, University of Utrecht


The Soviet bloc´s political crisis in 1956 as an energy crisis? Coal as a geoeconomical and geopolitical factor in the relations between two COMECON members, Czechoslovakia and Poland in 1956

Jan Adamec, independent researcher, Prague


4.00 – 4.30 PM: Concluding remarks