Our first article is out!
« L’Union Européenne des Postes et des Télécommunications (1942-1945). Un ensemble d’asymétries complexes » – that is the title of our first article together. It has been published in Guerres mondiales et conflits contemporains 2019/3 (N° 275) and can be found here.
Abstract: Our study focuses on the European Post and Telecommunications Union founded at a congress in Vienna in October 1942. The aim of this union was to harmonise PTT practices and tariffs at European level. However, the unequal treatment shown to members and Nazi Germany’s rejection of the (essential) participation of European PTT administrations prove the limitations of this union. Indeed, it reveals an asymmetric Europe. At the same time, it breaks with traditional asymmetries current in Nazi-dominated Europe, while renewing our approach to scientific technocratism : European and not global. By focusing on the ideological foundations of the asymmetries present in this union and on the relations between the occupying and occupied countries, we will seek to highlight what technical “cooperation” means in times of war.