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What the Railways Did For Us

The Making of Modern Britain

Publication Date15th November 2016

Book FormatPaperback

pages240

Illustrations30

Height198

Width124

What the Railways Did For Us will be of interest to rail enthusiasts and to readers with an interest in the social history of Great Britain.
Regular Price £8.99 Online Price: £8.09
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ISBN
9781445659527

It is hard, from a distance of nearly two centuries, to imagine the impact the coming of the railways must have had at the start of the nineteenth century. Their physical impact was dramatic enough – great mechanical horses, breathing fire and smoke and drawing impossibly heavy trains at unimaginable speeds, across a landscape transformed by the embankments and cuttings, viaducts and tunnels their passage demanded. However, they would also transform the way war was conducted and peace was maintained; prove to be one of the drivers of the dramatic industrial growth of the nineteenth century; create opportunities for many to become enormously wealthy, but impoverish many more, who invested unwisely; cause the state to think again about the policy of laissez-faire that was its default position; transform our leisure; radically re-shape our towns and cities and change our very notions of time and how we measured it.


In this book, Stuart Hylton looks at the changes wrought in the British Isles during the first century of the railway age and answers the question, what did the railways do for us?

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