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The advent and development of railways during the nineteenth century not only contributed to industrialisation and urbanisation, but transformed relations of space and time, altering long held perceptions and experiences of distance and geography.

The construction of railway networks linking stations and facilities in various cities has shaped the organisation of many territories, with results that still influence modern life, and pose questions that have relevance today. How were these networks designed, and how were such decisions of territorial and urban planning made? How were debates framed and resolved among the various interested parties (such as financial investors, technical specialists, entrepreneurs, political representatives, and local interest groups) concerned with the development of urban railways? How did the specific requirements of individual cities impact upon the design and realisation of these networks?

This volume examines such questions from a variety of standpoints. On one level it looks at the theoretical or 'visionary' models developed in response to the development of railways, exploring themes of network theory, town planning, architectural design and social concepts of the city. As well as engaging with these wider theoretical models, each contribution also takes a specific city and examines the local consequences of the ways in which such models were implemented.

By utilising diverse and multi-layered ways of considering such issues, this volume provides a fresh insight into complex issues of railway development and urban history.

Author Biography
About the Editors
Marie-Noƫlle Polino, Association pour l'Histoire des Chemins de fer en France, France and Ralf Roth, Dr, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Univeritat, Germany

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754607663
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Historical Urban Studies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 287
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
List of Abbreviations
General Editors' Preface
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: The City and the Railway in Europe
1 Interactions between Railways and Cities in Nineteenth-Century Germany: Some Case Studies 3
2 Cities and Railways in the Netherlands between 1830 and 1860 29
3 Railways, Towns and Villages in Transylvania (Romania): Impact of the Railways on Urban and Rural Morphology 45
4 The Advent of Transport and Aspects of Urban Modernisation in the Levant during the Nineteenth Century 61
5 The Impact of the Trans-Siberian Railway on the Architecture and Urban Planning of Siberian Cities 79
6 Portuguese Cities and Railways in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century 105
7 Downtown by the Train: The Impact of Railways on Italian Cities in the Nineteenth Century - Case Studies 119
8 Railway Development in the Capital City: The Case of Paris 139
9 Railway Stations and Planning Projects in Prague, 1845-1945 155
10 Urban Form, Social Patterns and Economic Impact arising from the Development of Public Transport in London, 1840-1940 169
11 Railways Plans and Urban Politics in Nineteenth-Century Dublin 183
12 Following the Tracks - Railways in the City Centre of Helsinki: Bygone Past or Unwritten Urban History? 203
13 Political Networks, Rail Networks: Public Transportation and Neighbourhood Radicalism in Weimar Berlin 221
14 The Impact of the Railway on the Lives of Women in the Nineteenth-Century City 237
Bibliography 257
Index 279
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