Blood, Iron and Gold How the Railways Transformed the World

ISBN-10: 1586489496
ISBN-13: 9781586489496
Edition: N/A
Authors: Christian Wolmar
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Book details

List price: $21.00
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 3/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

The opening of the world's first railroad in Britain and America in 1830 marked the dawn of a new age. Within the course of a decade, tracks were being laid as far afield as Australia and Cuba, and by the outbreak of World War I, the United States alone boasted over a quarter of a million miles. With unrelenting determination, architectural innovation, and under gruesome labor conditions, a global railroad network was built that forever changed the way people lived. From Panama to Punjab, from Tasmania to Turin, Christian Wolmar shows how cultures were enriched, and destroyed, by one of the greatest global transport revolutions of our time, and celebrates the visionaries and laborers responsible for its creation.

List of Maps and Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Maps
The First Railways
Europe Makes a Start
The British Influence
The American Way
Joining Up Europe
Crossing America...
... and Other Continents
The Invasion of the Railway
The Railway Revolution
Getting Better All the Time
Changing Trains
Decline But Not Fall
Railway Renaissance
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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