Aluminium smelters and industrial hazards in the Maurienne Valley. Experts, reformers and local resistance (1892-1939)

  title={Aluminium smelters and industrial hazards in the Maurienne Valley. Experts, reformers and local resistance (1892-1939)},
  author={Olivier Chatterji},
This article offers a historical perspective on the interplay between pollutants, environment and health in the Alps of Savoy during the Second Industrial Revolution. At the turn of the 19th century, Savoy’s Alpine valleys were radically transformed by a large-scale gold rush to exploit its hydroelectric potential for use by a growing electrochemical industry. More particularly, we look at the Maurienne Valley where six aluminium production factories built between 1892 and 1906 were among the… 



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