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Blood, Iron, and Gold: How the Railways Transformed the World

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The opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830 marked the beginning of a transport revolution that would forever transform the way we live. Blood, Iron, and Gold takes us on a journey encompassing jungle, mountain, and desert, revealing the huge impact of the railroads as they spread rapidly across entire countries, and linked cities that hitherto had little reach beyond their immediate environs. The rise of the train triggered daring engineering feats, great architectural innovation, and the rapid movement of people and goods across the globe. Cultures were both enriched and destroyed by the unrelenting construction of the railroads, and the new technology quickly took on a vital role in civil conflicts and two world wars.

In this beautifully illustrated book, renowned transportation journalist Christian Wolmar celebrates the vision and determination of the ambitious pioneers who developed the railways that would dominate the globe.

Synopsis:

Christian Wolmar is a writer and broadcaster specializing in the social history of railways and transport. He has written for major British newspapers for many years and has contributed to many other publications, including the New York Times and Newsday. He frequently appears on TV and radio as an expert commentator. His most recent books are The Subterranean Railway, a history of the London Underground, the world's oldest system, and Fire & Steam, the story of Britain's railways.

Synopsis:

Britain's leading train expert tells the epic story of how the world's railroads shaped commerce, cultures, and countries, and created the modern era

Table of Contents

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781586488512
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Subject:
History : World - General
Author:
Wolmar, Christian
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Social change -- History.
Subject:
Railroads - History
Subject:
Railroads - General
Subject:
World
Subject:
Railroads -- North America.
Subject:
Railroads-World
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Transportation : Railroads - History
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
March 2010
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
Transportation » Railroads » General

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"Synopsis" by , Christian Wolmar is a writer and broadcaster specializing in the social history of railways and transport. He has written for major British newspapers for many years and has contributed to many other publications, including the New York Times and Newsday. He frequently appears on TV and radio as an expert commentator. His most recent books are The Subterranean Railway, a history of the London Underground, the world's oldest system, and Fire & Steam, the story of Britain's railways.
"Synopsis" by , Britain's leading train expert tells the epic story of how the world's railroads shaped commerce, cultures, and countries, and created the modern era
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