Ways of the World

Ways of the World

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This is the first comprehensive history of the world's roads, highways, bridges, and the people and vehicles that traverse them, from prehistoric times to the present. Encyclopedic in its scope, fascinating in its details, Ways of the World is a unique work for reference and browsing. Maxwell Lay considers the myriad aspects of roads and their users: the earliest pathways, the rise of wheeled vehicles and animals to pull them, the development of surfaced roads, the motives for road and bridge building, and the rise of cars and their influence on roads, cities, and society. The work is amply illustrated, well indexed and cross-referenced, and includes a chronology of road history and a full bibliography. It is indispensable for anyone interested in travel, history, geography, transportation, cars, or the history of technology.The difference was not as evident as it might now seem, because the early 1C vehicles were inefficient, noisy, and evil smelling, and did not start ... Battery- powered electric cars did flutter onto the transport stage in 1896 and held the world speed record in 1898 and 1899, but, ... required its water to be boiled, or the 1C car with its frustrating and often unsuccessful and wrist- breaking manual crank starter.

Title:Ways of the World
Author:M. G. Lay, James E. Vance, Jr.
Publisher:Rutgers University Press - 1992-12-01


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