Discovering Britain S First Railways

Author: Mark Jones
Editor: History PressLtd
ISBN: 9780752462738
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Discovering Britain's First Railways is devoted to the history, rediscovery and exploration of Britain's first railways, examining its network of over 1,500 miles of horse-drawn tramroads and waggonways. This essential guide not only describes their origins and ways of working, but opens up a world of discovery in a little-documented part of Britain's transport history. Tramways across the Britain, from Cornwall to Scotland, are documented and their remains detailed in a lively and informative style, making this an ideal reference book for social historians and railway enthusiasts as well as an invaluable walking guide with routes and maps around the country. Unlike a lot of former British Railways branch lines, many of these routes are now public rights of way enabling walkers and often cyclists to explore some spectacular and hitherto little-known countryside on a safe and level path.

The Times History Of Britain S Railways

Author: Julian Holland
Editor: Times Books
ISBN: 9780008135348
Size: 13,18 MB
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Follow the development, decline and later revival of Britain’s iconic railways with bestselling railway author Julian Holland. Discover their remarkable history through expert commentary, stunning photographs and archive material from a lifetime of railway research. The iconic railways of Britain have seen unprecedented change and innovation in just a few hundred years, shaping Britain’s industry, society and transport system along the way. Discover the historic events that have shaped Britain’s railways.Highlights include:* 1604: The beginnings of the railways - Wollaton Waggonway opens in Nottinghamshire* 1830: Britain becomes connected - the world’s first inter-city railway, the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, opens* 1938: A world leader in train travel - the LNER 'A4’ 'Mallard’ sets a still unbroken world speed record for steam locomotives* 1963: 'Beeching Report’ published - marked the death sentence for many rural lines* 2015: Borders Railway reopens between Edinburgh and Tweedbank - marks a modern-day revival for the railways

The Japanese Discovery Of Victorian Britain

Author: Andrew Cobbing
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134250061
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The investigations undertaken in the pursuit of knowledge by the first overseas Japanese travellers during the 1860s and 70s have left a unique record of life in the then unknown west. Leaving behind a homeland culturally isolated for more than 200 years, these samurai travellers were especially fascinated by the extent of British political and commercial influence they observed during their travels, and therefore paid particularly close attention to the Victorian world and recorded all they saw in minute detail. Their diaries and 'travelogues' comprise the single largest body of material on Victorian society to be recorded in any non-European language. This book examines the nature of these travellers' experiences and their perceptions of Victorian Britain. A deeper understanding of this rich source material is important because, although entirely unknown to British readers, the documents reveal one of the most spectacular culture shocks ever recorded in World History. They are also important because the images of Victorian and other western societies that they portrayed to the Japanese reading public in the late nineteenth century still underpin Japanese understanding of the outside world more than a hundred years later.

Britain S Railway Disasters

Author: Michael Foley
Editor: Wharncliffe
ISBN: 1473831865
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Passengers on the early railways took their lives in their hands every time they got on board a train. It was so dangerous that they could buy an insurance policy with their ticket. There seemed to be an acceptance that the level danger was tolerable in return for the speed of travel that was now available to them.British Railway Disasters looks at the most serious railway accidents from the origins of the development of the train up to the present day. Seriousness is judged on the number of those who died. Information gleaned from various newspaper reports is compared with official reports on the accidents.The book will appeal to all those with a fascination for rail transport as well as those with a love of history.Michael Foley examines the social context of how injuries and deaths on the railways were seen in the early days, as well as how claims in the courts became more common, leading to a series of medical investigations as to how travelling and crashing at high speed affected the human body

Full Steam Ahead How The Railways Made Britain

Author: Peter Ginn
Editor: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0008194327
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The Age of Railways was an era of extraordinary change which utterly transformed every aspect of British life – from trade and transportation to health and recreation.

Ottley S Bibliography Of British Railway History Second Supplement 12957 19605

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Themes In Modern European History 1830 1890

Author: Bruce Waller
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134875819
Size: 16,73 MB
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Providing a series of lively essays which reflect the skills that historians have to master when challenged by problems of evidence, interpretation, and presentation, this important new text covers the topics of France, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Russia, as well as analyzing the themes of political thought, cultural trends, the economy and warfare, international relations and imperialism. Six distinguished scholars, all of whom are regularly involved in student teaching, provide an authoritative student guide to the main contours of nineteenth-century European history when the continent's standing was at its highest and its influence spanned the globe.

Death Dynamite Disaster

Author: Rosa Matheson
Editor: The History Press
ISBN: 0750957018
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A safe mode of transport today, the railways were far from vehicles of sleepy commute when they first came into service; indeed, accidents were commonplace and sometimes were a result of something far more sinister. In this fresh approach to railway history, Rosa Matheson explores the grim and grisly railway past. These horrible happenings include memorable disasters and accidents, the lack of burial grounds for London’s dead, leading to the ‘Necropolis Railway’, the gruesome necessity of digging up the dead to accommodate the railways and how the discovery of dynamite gave rise to the ‘Dynamite Wars’ on the London Underground in the 1880s and 1890s. Join Rosa as she treads carefully through the fascinating gruesome history of Britain’s railways.

Conquerors Of Time

Author: Trevor Fishlock
Editor: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 057128714X
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Conquerors of Time celebrates 150 years of courage, energy, innovation, resourcefulness and grand ideas, from the late 17th century to the early 20th. It's about the seafarers, engineers, inventors and trailblazers who enabled the British to hold together a vast empire and the Americans to push their frontiers west. Some, such as Captain Cook and Robert Stephenson are famous. Others, like the makers of chromonometers, the collectors of tropical plants or the railway engineers who roughed it in the Canadian wilderness are less well-known. What they all had in common is a desire to understand the world and a determination to harness the forces of nature. 'Trevor Fishlock's brio and broad vision matches those of his subjects and makes for a rattling good read.' Lawrence James, Daily Mail 'Fact-filled and highly evocative ... the sheer romance of the story is irresistible.' Sunday Telegraph

A History Of Modern Britain

Author: Andrew Marr
Editor: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 033051329X
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A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr confronts head-on the victory of shopping over politics. It tells the story of how the great political visions of New Jerusalem or a second Elizabethan Age, rival idealisms, came to be defeated by a culture of consumerism, celebrity and self-gratification. In each decade, political leaders think they know what they are doing, but find themselves confounded. Every time, the British people turn out to be stroppier and harder to herd than predicted. Throughout, Britain is a country on the edge – first of invasion, then of bankruptcy, then on the vulnerable front line of the Cold War and later in the forefront of the great opening up of capital and migration now reshaping the world. This history follows all the political and economic stories, but deals too with comedy, cars, the war against homosexuals, Sixties anarchists, oil-men and punks, Margaret Thatcher's wonderful good luck, political lies and the true heroes of British theatre. This edition also includes an extra chapter charting the course from Blair to Brexit.