Fifty Railroads That Changed the Course of History (Fifty Things That Changed the Course of History) (Paperback)

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Fifty Railroads That Changed the Course of History (Fifty Things That Changed the Course of History) (Paperback)

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Praise for a previous title in the series:

Fifty Minerals that Changed the Course of History "Interesting, affordable and readable.... Offers the reader an opportunity to delve further into each mineral's historical significance in an accessible way." -- Booklist

Fifty Railroads that Changed the Course of History is a handsome, illustrated survey of the most important historical and contemporary railway lines around the world. Filled with unusual and unexpected stories and facts, it will captivate a wide audience, from the curious browser to researching students.

The book organizes the railroads chronologically, considering each according to its greatest impact on Social, Commercial, Political, Engineering and Military history. Maps plus more than 200 elegant drawings, photographs and paintings as well as dozens of sidebars highlight the concise, engaging text.

The 50 railroads span history, from the first in public passenger travel (Wales, 1807), to Japan's speed-record breaking "Bullet." Railroads in some locales reflect the map of colonialism (Guyana to transport sugar, India to carry cotton and arms). They moved troops (the Crimea, the American Civil War, the Boer War) and united vast lands (Canadian Pacific Railway, Trans-Siberian). They transported people to horrible places (Auschwitz Ker), saved the Railway Children, and went underground to cross the English Channel.

Fifty Railroads that Changed the Course of History features rail barons, politicians, disasters, crime, weather, geology, great artists, fraudsters and animals -- a dynamic cast of characters and a mind-spinning whirlwind of facts, trivia and conversation starters.

Bill Laws is a journalist and writer He is the author of Fifty Animals that Changed the Course of History, as well as numerous titles on philosophy and history He lives in the UK, where he is conducting doctoral research in sociology at South Bank University, London
Product Details ISBN: 9780228104032
ISBN-10: 0228104033
Publisher: Firefly Books
Publication Date: October 15th, 2024
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Fifty Things That Changed the Course of History