“Although the contributors’ particular interests vary widely, these questions lend The World beyond the Windshield a cohesion that is rare and admirable among scholarly anthologies.... The World beyond the Windshield is a valuable and sometimes surprising contribution to the comparative social history of technology, the environment, and automotive transportation.”
Technology and Culture
“We accept that the coming of the automobile was a technological revolution, but we have not fully appreciated how it was a perceptual revolution as well. The essays in this wonderful volume not only provide a clear and graceful journey through various North American and European landscapes of automobility. They also reveal a fascinating and formative set of relations between designers and consumers. The World Beyond the Windshield is comparative history at its best.”
Paul S. Sutter, author of Driven Wild: How the Fight Against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement
“Christof Mauch and Thomas Zeller‘s anthology, The World Beyond the Windshield: Roads and Landscapes in the United States and Europe, marks the beginning of a new and much needed discourse on the subject (historical studies of the automotive landscape).
The essays in The World Beyond the Windshield are accessible and well researched.”
The Journal of Transport History
“Through analyses of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Needles Highway, and the Washington Beltway, as well as roads in Italy, Nazi Germany, the former East Germany, and postwar U.K., the authors document the transatlantic exchange of ideas about technology and environment. In the process, they also demonstrate how these ideas have been appropriated for national and transnationalistic ends.”
APADE, Indiana University
“(The World beyond the Windshield’s) contributions significantly extend our understanding of the processes through which 20th century highways were envisaged, designed, build, and used.”
Comparativ: Zeitschrift für Global Geschichte...
“A remarkably interesting account of how the various interests, priorities, and perceptions among both highway builders and users interacted in different historical contexts to produce the particular kinds of roads that we see today and so often take for granted.”