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Railways (The Landmark Library #20)

Railways (The Landmark Library)

Current price: $29.95
Publication Date: December 12th, 2019
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The arrival of the railways in the first half of the nineteenth century and their subsequent spread across every one of the world's continents, acted as a spur for economic growth and social change on an extraordinary scale. The 'iron road' stimulated innovation in engineering and architecture, enabled people and goods to move around the world more quickly than ever before, and played a critical role in warfare as well as in the social and economic spheres.

Christian Wolmar describes the emergence of modern railways in both Britain and the USA in the 1830s, and elsewhere in the following decade. He charts the surge in railway investment plans in Britain in the early 1840s and the ensuing 'railway mania' (which created the backbone of today's railway network), and the unstoppable spread of the railways across Europe, America and Asia. Above all, he assesses the global impact of a technology that, arguably, had the most transformative impact on human society of any before the coming of the Internet, and which, as it approaches two centuries of existence, continues to play a key role in human society in the 21st century.

About the Author

Christian Wolmar is an author and broadcaster specializing in transport matters. He writes regularly for The Times and the Guardian. His many books include The Subterranean Railway; the bestselling Fire and Steam: How the Railways Transformed Britain; Railways and the Raj; and (for Head of Zeus, 2018) The Story of Crossrail.

Praise for Railways (The Landmark Library)

“Christian Wolmar – always a stimulating writer – presents a lucid and engaging account of the far-reaching effects that trains have had upon society” —The Railway & Canal Historical Society


'Witty, fluent and opinionated' The Times, on To the Edge of the World.

'Fascinating... An excellent examination of one the most extraordinary engineering feats of the 19th century' Daily Express, on To the Edge of the World.

'I can think of few better ways to while away those elastic periods awaiting the arrival of the next eastbound Circle Line train than by reading [this book]'” —Sunday Telegraph, on The Subterranean Railway