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Riassunto: This is the story of the men who set out from Britain to build railways worldwide. Some were part of Britain's grand imperial progress, tying together the Empire with threads of iron. Others represented a no less potent economic imperialism, building lines with British capital and manpower, keeping British industry busy supplying everything from rails to powerful locomotives, and taking the profits back to Britain as well. The great men of the railway age all play a part: Brunel worked in Italy, Robert Stephenson built a great bridge across the St Lawrence at Montreal and Joseph Locke supervised some of the first railways in France. But the story recalls, too, the heroism of the less well known, labouring in uncharted, hostile terrain against seemingly impossible odds: against man-eating lions, dense jungle, and plains which flooded dramatically in the wet season, precipitous mountain ranges, and inevitably disease. Conditions like these produced personalities to match - men like the contractor George Pauling who built lines throughout Africa, and whose party trick was to run round a billiard room with a pony on his shoulders. Finally there were those who did the hard labour itself, the tough experienced navvies, capable of prodigious feats. A Frenchman seeing them on the Paris to Rouen Railway exclaimed, "Mon Dieu! les Anglais, comme ils travaillent." No country rivalled Britain in spreading railways across the globe, and yet inevitably within this phenomenal success lay the seeds of decline. The benefits of local labour, materials and experience began to outweigh British expertise. The legacy of immense achievement, however, has long outlived the days of empire.
About the Author: Anthony Burton is an author and broadcaster who has written many reputable books on history, industrial history and transport history. He was born in 1934 and now lives in Stroud, Gloucestershire, with his wife.
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Descrizione libro John Murray, 1994. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. All orders are dispatched the following working day from our UK warehouse. Established in 2004, we have over 500,000 books in stock. No quibble refund if not completely satisfied. Codice libro della libreria mon0002438930
Descrizione libro John Murray, 1994. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used; Good. Codice libro della libreria 1315637
Descrizione libro John Murray. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. A very good copy with minor wear. For non-UK markets items of 1.5 kg or more may require an additional shipping charge. Codice libro della libreria HBS-00249479-B
Descrizione libro John Murray, London, 1994. hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Good. Book is in very good clean condition with only very minor signs of age, use or other wear. MB. Used. Codice libro della libreria 257290
Descrizione libro John Murray, London, 1994. Cloth. Condizione libro: Near Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Very Good. "The story of the men who set out from Britain to build Railways Worldwide." Includes Brunel & Stephenson. 264 Pages. Some B&W Photos. Blue cloth cover. Library stamps/labels on endpapers and back of title page. Jacket protected in plastic wrapper. Spine leaning. Ex-Library. Codice libro della libreria 004683
Descrizione libro John Murray, London, 1994. 1st ed.. Inscription, possibly by author, on front free end paper Used - Very Good. VG hardback in VG dustjacket. Codice libro della libreria BOOKS036352I
Descrizione libro Murray, London, 1994. Soft cover. Condizione libro: Very Good. 1st Edition. Soft cover edition, b/white illustrations. Codice libro della libreria 001512
Descrizione libro John Murray, London, 1994. Trade Paperback. Condizione libro: Fine. No Jacket. First Edition. Will incur extra postage outside UK Size: 8vo. Transport. Codice libro della libreria 024818
Descrizione libro John Murray, 1994. Paperback. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Illustrated in monochrome. 1st class post to the UK, Airmail worldwide. Robust packaging. Codice libro della libreria 118957
Descrizione libro London: , 1994, 1994. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. First Edition. 264pp. 9.5 x 6.5 inches approx. ".the story of the men who set out from Britain to build railways worldwide." Illustrated with 24 b&w photographs. Fine+/Fine. Codice libro della libreria 4392