Archives for Highway and Road History
Community for scientific research and documentation
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The history of motorways and trunk roads is a special field of knowledge within the realm of history of transport, traffic and mobility. In contrast to the historiography of railways in the 19th century and the automobile in the 20th century historians, for a long time, didn't pay much attention to expand into the historiography of roads as part of the automotive transport system. Besides some monographies, especially concerning the German 'Reichsautobahn', it is rather difficult to get an overview of German and international literature of road history because it partly consists of articles published scattered in specialized journals and anthologies. Today, books about German road construction before 1933 are almost forgotten. Thus, scholars, civil engineers and the public have little knowledge of the development of modern road systems in Germany and elsewhere as well as cross-border integration of road transportation routes in Europe.
In July 2014 our scientific community for scholary research and documentation has set out to fill the gap with the foundation of the
»Archives for Highway and Road History«
(Archiv für Autobahn- und Strassengeschichte).
Privately funded and not related to universities or institutes, we see ourself as a voluntary 'institution for memory'. Our goal is to provide a significant contribution to the history of german-european motorways. Reports, pieces, essays, book reviews, commented pictures, glossary and historic calendar are presented open access on our internet platform. We own three internet adresses:
Search on our platform can easely be done by the feature "quick research", using simple target words (some English, mostly German).
We correspond with national and international scientists and will continue to expand our network. All historians of modern road history are invited to participate, provided they accept and respect the principles of the scientific community. Inquiries of scholars are welcome. We will assist to help as far as our archives can provide sound information and copy rights are available. Expenses of copies and postage get charged.
We want to keep alive the memory of modern road planning, building and use to make scholars, civil engineers and the public better understand the step-by-step development in the past, but also the emergence of disruptive elements, especially in Germany.Contacts:
This presence is registered Clio online - a central Internet gateway for historical scholarship in teaching and research.|
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