Blood, Iron And Gold: How The Railways Transformed The World


      Blood, Iron And Gold: How The Railways Transformed The World
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. Free Download Kindle ePUB Blood, Iron And Gold: How The Railways Transformed The World author Christian Wolmar – tbjewellers.co.uk

Christian Wolmar is a journalist, focusing on the history and politics of railways.

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      Blood, Iron And Gold: How The Railways Transformed The World
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  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Blood, Iron And Gold: How The Railways Transformed The World
  • Christian Wolmar
  • English
  • 17 January 2018
  • 1848871708

10 thoughts on “ Blood, Iron And Gold: How The Railways Transformed The World

  1. says:

    I would not have expected to be fascinated with the idea of rail gauges but I was I certainly never knew how central they were to both the history of the railways and the history of the modern world Only one example is necessary The Tsar decided to use a non standard gauge for the Russian railway, fearing the ability of enemies to use the rails to invade This very fact made transport very difficult for the invading Nazis during World War IITrains are made to fit the track and vice I would not have expected to be fascinated with the idea of rail gauges but I was I certainly never knew how central they were to both the history of the railways and the history of the modern world ...

  2. says:

    Christian Wolmar s Blood, Iron and Gold examines the history of the railways or railroads, depending on which side of the Atlantic you are from the perspective of their social and economical impact It reviews the spread of the railways, the challenges of building them, the way they were accepted and incorporated to different societies, and how they inevitably transformed them There is no need to fear running into anything technical or engineering like here the focus is on the people and Christian Wolmar s Blood, Iron and Gold examines the history of the railways or railroads, depending on which side of the Atlantic you are ...

  3. says:

    While Wolmar mentions on a number of occasions farthan many other writers might the role of workers in building the railways and keeping them running, he occasionally mentions their strikes too But I think he underplays the significant role that the railways have played in working class struggle precisely because they are a central feature of industrial capitalism and bring together large numbers of organised workers The railways helped keep all sides fighting in World War One But While Wolmar mentions on a number of occasions farthan many other writers might the role of workers in building the railways and keeping them running, he occasionally mentions their strikes too But I think he underplays the significant role that the railways have played...

  4. says:

    Not too in depth and often really clunkily written, but it makes up for it by being, well, not too in depth and rabidly enthusiastic about the subject Much use of the delighted exclamation mark Maybe so...

  5. says:

    Not about transformation,a short history of railway projects.

  6. says:

    During the 1999 Internet Bubble it seemed every learned article was trumpeting that The Internet Changed the World and that it s a New Economy Fortunately for me, I stumbled across Jim Rogers Adventure Capitalist where he pointed out Canals changed the worldRailroads changed the worldAutomobiles changed the worldRadio changed the worldTelevision changed the worldI spent over a decade occasionally wondering exactly how did railroads change the world but I hadn t come across a book that During the 1999 Internet Bubble it seemed every learned article was trumpeting that The Internet Changed the World and that it s a New Economy Fortunately for me, I stumbled across Jim Rogers Adventure...

  7. says:

    Christian Wolmar s Blood, Iron and Gold is an accessible history of what might be termed the unsung technological hero in human development since the early decades of the 19th Century.To be interested in or enthusiastic about railways is often derided as a bit odd or sad Even the book s jacket makes mention of anoraks and trainspotters What Wolmar demonstrates very effectively is just ho...

  8. says:

    A highly enjoyable read about, mainly, the early years of the railway by someone who plainly has a deep love of their subject Would have enjoyed a longer overview of certain world regions covered, and there is inevitably important things missed due to the...

  9. says:

    Eminently readable survey history of global railroad development.

  10. says:

    If you love the history of railways,this is the book for you.

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