The Rise and Rise of Road Transport, 1700-1990

The Rise and Rise of Road Transport, 1700-1990

by Theo Barker, Dorian Gerhold
     
 

Most books about Britain's transport history have concentrated upon canals and railways. It is now clear that a great deal of traffic went by road even before turnpikes, and that goods as well as passenger services were much more highly developed than originally thought. This book is an important survey of road transport over the past three centuries. The authors… See more details below

Overview

Most books about Britain's transport history have concentrated upon canals and railways. It is now clear that a great deal of traffic went by road even before turnpikes, and that goods as well as passenger services were much more highly developed than originally thought. This book is an important survey of road transport over the past three centuries. The authors summarise the new evidence and arguments and explain why we need to take a longer view of the subject. They shed new light on the importance of horse-drawn freight in the eighteenth century, offset the undue attention that is paid to the railways in the nineteenth century, and stress that motor transport's present great importance only dates from the 1950s. Includes a full bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521557733
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2010
Series:
New Studies in Economic and Social History Series, #21
Edition description:
1st Cambridge University Press ed
Pages:
102
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.24(d)

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