Victorian Engineering (Pelican books)

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9780713901047: Victorian Engineering (Pelican books)

L.T.C. Rolt was an engineer and pioneer of industrial history; in this book he combined these two passions to give us a fascinating account of the men who "made" Britain. From Brunel to Telford, he takes us on a journey from the first railway tracks being laid down to bridges spanning hitherto unimagined lengths, through to the "invention" and mastery of gas and electricity, which we take for granted today. The Victorians were at the forefront of modern technology in their time, but often came to see it as a blight on their landscape and struggled to adapt to the fast pace of this new industrial era. In this book, Rolt not only examines the creations that made Britain’s empire great, but also how the age of optimism turned to one of disillusionment with many inventors finding fame and fortune abroad. This unrivalled insight into the UK's industrial heritage is compulsory reading for anyone wanting to appreciate the foundations on which modern lives were built.

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L.T.C. Rolt was an engineer and craftsman, whose passion for Britain’s industrial heritage led him to become one of the foremost historians of the 20th century. He was joint founder of the Inland Waterways Association. He also wrote Narrow Boat, Red for Danger, and the famous Landscape Trilogy.

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