Blood, Iron, and Gold How the Railroads Transformed the World

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2011-03-01
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs

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The opening of the world's first railroad in Britain and America in 1830 marked the dawn of a new age. Within the course of a decade, tracks were being laid as far afield as Australia and Cuba, and by the outbreak of World War I, the United States alone boasted over a quarter of a million miles. With unrelenting determination, architectural innovation, and under gruesome labor conditions, a global railroad network was built that forever changed the way people lived. From Panama to Punjab, from Tasmania to Turin, Christian Wolmar shows how cultures were enriched, and destroyed, by one of the greatest global transport revolutions of our time, and celebrates the visionaries and laborers responsible for its creation.

Author Biography

Christian Wolmar is a writer and broadcaster, specializing in transportation matters. He has written for major British newspapers for many years and has contributed to many other publications, including the New York Times and Newsday. His most recent books are Blood, Iron, and Gold; Engines of War; and The Great Railroad Revolution. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Mapsp. xx
The First Railwaysp. 1
Europe Makes a Startp. 17
The British Influencep. 45
The American Wayp. 69
Joining Up Europep. 99
Crossing America...p. 129
... and Other Continentsp. 159
The Invasion of the Railwayp. 191
The Railway Revolutionp. 219
Getting Better All the Timep. 247
Changing Trainsp. 273
Decline But Not Fallp. 297
Railway Renaissancep. 319
Notesp. 337
Bibliographyp. 355
Indexp. 361
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