Internationale Konferenz


Das Collegium Carolinum lädt gemeinsam mit dem Herder-Institut

Marburg und dem Centre for Environmental History (Tallinn) zu einer

internationalen Konferenz ein:

Knowledge about Resources

Challenges of the Exploration and Exploitation of Resources in East
Central Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries

 18./19. April 2013
Herder-Institut, Gisonenweg 5-7, 35037 Marburg


Conference Programme


Memel: Wasserwerk und Gasanstalt (Bildnachweis: Herder-Institut, Inv. Nr. 104828)

With the establishment of statistics, national economy, geography and

their neighbouring disciplines, from the 19th century on the exploration
and exploitation of natural resources was intensified, since it was
regarded as a basic prerequisite for economic development and growth.
This concept held true not only for the overseas colonies of Western
European nations, but also for the heartlands themselves, whose
potential economic performance was to be measured and recorded. The
attention concentrated not only on the classic ‘fuels’ of the
industrialisation such as coal and iron, but also the potentials of
agriculture and forestry, the raw materials of upcoming branches of
industry (chemical industry, electrical engineering, etc.), the capacity
of the transport system and last but not least the human being itself as
the source of manpower. In the empires of East Central Europe – and its
newly founded states of 1918 respectively – a large variety of
protagonists from politics, science, industry and society took an active
role in this process.
The conference is intended to approach its topic, the exploration and
exploitation of natural resources in East Central Europe, from a
perspective related to the history of knowledge and environment.