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The World the Railways Made

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A new edition of a railway classic: how the "Iron Road" turned the world upside down, with a new chapter on the future of rail
 
Across American prairies, through Siberian tundra, over Argentinian pampas, and deep into the heart of Africa, the modern world began with the arrival of the railway. The shock was both sudden and universal: railways transformed the world, carrying empire, capitalism, and industrialization to every corner of the ...

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The World The Railways Made: Wolmar's Railway Library

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Overview

A new edition of a railway classic: how the "Iron Road" turned the world upside down, with a new chapter on the future of rail
 
Across American prairies, through Siberian tundra, over Argentinian pampas, and deep into the heart of Africa, the modern world began with the arrival of the railway. The shock was both sudden and universal: railways transformed the world, carrying empire, capitalism, and industrialization to every corner of the planet. For some, the "Iron Road" symbolized the brute horrors of modernity; for others the way toward a brighter future. From 1825, when the first passenger service linked Stockton and Darlington to the outbreak of World War I, Nicholas Faith presents a compelling journey through the first century of rail, introducing visionaries, engineers, surveyors, speculators, financiers, and navigational engineers—the heroes and the rogues of the mechanical revolution that turned the world upside down.

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"A bounty of railroad lore for anyone who fondly remembers Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, Thomas Wolfe's lyrical description of rail journeys into the American heartland, or even their own rides on the locomotive."  —Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Faith ( The Winemasters ) applies himself with limited success to the monumental task of surveying the railroad's effects on every aspect of the world's societies from 1830 to the beginning of WW II. Just one brief chapter considers politics and how the world's leading nations came quickly and diversely to regard the railway as a symbol of national unity. A nod is also given toward such themes as the railroad's facilitating role in the creation of new industries, its masterminds and captains, its place in literature and its role in military strategy and mass tourism. While his organization and research are admirable, Faith has tried to encompass so much material in a relatively short volume that readers may be left feeling like passengers on a speeding train trying in vain to take in the passing landscape. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781858363
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus
  • Publication date: 11/1/2014
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 555,664

Meet the Author

Nicholas Faith writes for the Independent on Sunday (London) and many other publications, and is the author of The BronfmansChristian Wolmar is the author of Blood, Iron & Gold; Engines of War; and The Great Railroad Revolution.

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