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Entre tradition et innovation: itinéraire d'un marin, Edmond Pâris (1806-1893)

Abstract : Edmond Pâris is renowned for his plans and models of traditional boats for which he is now considered as the father of nautical ethnography; but he is less famous as a major actor of the 19th-century maritime revolution: from sail to steam, ironclad, torpedoes. A handful of naval officers were supportive of the innovation, mainly those scientifically minded and keen to experiment new techniques. More important, they were able to adapt engineers’ concepts to seafarers’ actual needs. This technical and organizational transition phase that took place between 1830 and 1860 was based on the study of processes, seafarers’ training and the build-up of new practices. This could be labelled “nautical technology”. Pâris wrote a great number of books and articles and joined major scientific and technical institutions. The biographical approach allows to embrace both his work on steam navigation and the survey of extra-European shipbuilding, which he devised as a young man in the course of three round-the-world voyages. Tradition and innovation were the cornerstones of his museographic policy in the Louvre maritime museum. Throughout his 70-year career, Pâris relentlessly focused on naval technology; his expertise led him to scientific recognition.
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Géraldine Barron. Entre tradition et innovation: itinéraire d'un marin, Edmond Pâris (1806-1893). Histoire. Universite Paris Diderot-Paris VII, 2015. Français. ⟨tel-01142005⟩



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