This was to become a significant factor in precipitating the Victorian technological
impact on early Meiji Japan, when the first railways, telegraph lines, modern
lighthouses and the Imperial mint would all be constructed under the supervision
Author: Andrew Cobbing
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.
SOURCE British Rail quality products. By the ... The Mushet steel was used soon
after its discovery for machining Bessemer steels (first introduced on the railways
in 1861) and the alternative product about 1866 from the Siemens open-hearth ...
Author: Edgar J. Larkin
An illustrated history of Britain's railway workshops, covering the period from 1823 to 1986, this book deals with the history of the main railway workshops of Britain, a subject of wide-ranging mechanical and electrical engineering interest.
Certainly, Valeria's first discovery is both shocking and devastating: namely that,
three years earlier, Eustace was tried for ... legal married status that she aimed,
somewhat ironically, to conceal on their first railway journey as husband and wife
Author: Kate Hill
Interrogating the multiple ways in which travel was narrated and mediated, by and in response to, nineteenth-century British travelers, this interdisciplinary collection examines to what extent these accounts drew on and developed existing tropes of travel. The three sections take up personal and intimate narratives that were not necessarily designed for public consumption, tales intended for a popular audience, and accounts that were more clearly linked with discourses and institutions of power, such as imperial processes of conquest and governance. Some narratives focus on the things the travelers carried, such as souvenirs from the battlefields of Britain’s imperial wars, while others show the complexity of Victorian dreams of the exotic. Still others offer a disapproving glimpse of Victorian mores through the eyes of indigenous peoples in contrast to the imperialist vision of British explorers. Swiss hotel registers, guest books, and guidebooks offer insights into the history of tourism, while new photographic technologies, the development of the telegraph system, and train travel transformed the visual, audial, and even the conjugal experience of travel. The contributors attend to issues of gender and ethnicity in essays on women travelers, South African travel narratives, and accounts of China during the Opium Wars, and analyze the influence of fictional travel narratives. Taken together, these essays show how these multiple narratives circulated, cross-fertilised, and reacted to one another to produce new narratives, new objects, and new modes of travel.
First published in Great Britain in 2013 by Wharncliffe Transport an imprint of Pen
and Sword Books Ltd 47 Church Street ... Battleground, Discovery, Family History
, History, Maritime, Military, Naval, Politics, Railways, Select, Social History, ...
Author: Michael Foley
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
The boat train had left Dover twenty minutes ago , travelling slowly through the
dense fog that blanketed the country ' . ... There were times during my reading ' ,
the anthologist Bryan Morgan reports , ' when it seemed that half the crime short
stories published before the first world war ... in very ordinary railway
compartments ' , C . Hamilton Ellis insists , ' as many eminent novelists quickly
discovered ' .
Author: Ian Carter
Publisher: Manchester University Press
The 19th-century steam railway epitomized modernity's relentlessly onrushing advance. Ian Carter delves into the cultural impact of the train. Why, for example, did Britain possess no great railway novel? He compares fiction and images by canonical British figures (Turner, Dickens, Arnold Bennett) with selected French and Russian competitors: Tolstoy, Zola, Monet, Manet. He argues that while high cultural work on the British steam railway is thin, British popular culture did not ignore it. Detailed discussions of comic fiction, crime fiction, and cartoons reveal a popular fascination with railways tumbling from vast (and hitherto unexplored) stores of critically overlooked genres.
A Sensational Account of Britain's First Railway Murder Kate Colquhoun ... empty
compartment of the furthest forward of the varnished teak firstclass carriages
when Jones discovered blood on his hands and on the seat of his trousers.
Author: Kate Colquhoun
Publisher: Hachette UK
In July 1864, Thomas Briggs was travelling home after visiting his niece and her husband for dinner. He entered a First Class carriage on the 9.45pm Hackney service of the North London railway. At Hackney, two bank clerks entered the carriage and discovered blood in the seat cushions; also on the floor, windows and sides of the carriage. A bloodstained hat was found on the seat along with a broken link from a watch chain. The race to identify the killer and catch him as he flees on a boat to America was eagerly followed by citizens both sides of the Atlantic. Kate Colquhoun tells a gripping tale of a crime that shocked the nation.
A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library All rights
reserved. ... Sword Archaeology, Atlas, Aviation, Battleground, Discovery, Family
History, History, Maritime, Military, Naval, Politics, Railways, Select, Transport, ...
Author: M.C. Bishop
Publisher: Pen and Sword
There have been many books on Britain's Roman roads, but none have considered in any depth their long-term strategic impact. Mike Bishop shows how the road network was vital not only in the Roman strategy of conquest and occupation, but influenced the course of British military history during subsequent ages. The author starts with the pre-Roman origins of the network (many Roman roads being built over prehistoric routes) before describing how the Roman army built, developed, maintained and used it. Then, uniquely, he moves on to the post-Roman history of the roads. He shows how they were crucial to medieval military history (try to find a medieval battle that is not near one) and the governance of the realm, fixing the itinerary of the royal progresses. Their legacy is still clear in the building of 18th century military roads and even in the development of the modern road network. Why have some parts of the network remained in use throughout?The text is supported with clear maps and photographs. Most books on Roman roads are concerned with cataloguing or tracing them, or just dealing with aspects like surveying. This one makes them part of military landscape archaeology.
A New History of the Railways in Britain Christian Wolmar ... Batchelors Peas or
Palmolive, joined the railways, they invariably discovered that running the
railways was a far more difficult proposition than selling consumer goods to
Author: Christian Wolmar
Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
The opening of the pioneering Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830 marked the beginning of the railways' vital role in changing the face of Britain. Fire and Steam celebrates the vision and determination of the ambitious Victorian pioneers who developed this revolutionary transport system and the navvies who cut through the land to enable a country-wide network to emerge. From the early days of steam to electrification, via the railways' magnificent contribution in two world wars, the chequered history of British Rail, and the buoyant future of the train, Fire and Steam examines the social and economical importance of the railway and how it helped to form the Britain of today.
British. business. in. Iran,. 1860s–1970s. Frances Bostock and Geoffrey Jones”
2.1 The business of imperialism Iran, or Persia as the country was known in ... It
was a symbol of Iran's lack of development that, despite the country's large size
and severe transport difficulties, its first railway was built only in the 1930s.
However, the discovery of oil in 1908 made Iran the Middle East's first oil-
Author: R. P. T. Davenport-Hines
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Eight leading business historians examine the role of British business in Iran, India, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Russian Asia, and Japan. The primary focus is on the impact of British commerce in the region, and the essays, based on research in British business archives and government papers, discuss the activities and performance of British companies.