Railways and International Politics
Paths of Empire, 1848-1945
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Railways and International Politics by T. G. Otte
Book DescriptionThis new study brings together leading experts to show how the modern world began with the coming of the railway. They clearly explain why it had a greater impact than any other technical or industrial innovation before and completely redefined the limits of the civilized world. While the effect of railways on economic development is self-evident, little attention has been paid to their impact on international relations. This is unfortunate, for in the period from 1848 to 1945, railways were an important element in the struggle between the Great Powers. This took many forms. Often, as in East Asia, the competition for railway concessions reflected the clash of rival imperial interests. The success or failure of this competition could determine which of the European Powers was to dominate and exploit the markets of China and Siam. Just as often, railways were linked with military matters. Prussia's success in the wars of German unification depended on its strategic railways just as much as on the strength of its armies, and the rail links remained a vital aspect of German military thinking before the First World War. So, too, did they for the Russians, whose vast Empire required rail links capable of moving the Tsarist army quickly and competently. Just as importantly, railways could be vital for Imperial defence, as the British discovered on the North-West frontier of India. This book will be of much interest to students of international history, military history and strategic studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415349765
(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author T. G. Otte
July Crisis, Paperback (May 2015)
A definitive new account of the catalytic events of July 1914 that led to the outbreak of the First World War.
Personalities, War and Diplomacy, Paperback (April 2015)
Combines essays on the "personality dimension" in the 19th and 20th century international history, placing in a proper historical perspective the impact of individual diplomats, politicians and military strategists on foreign policy-making.
Foreign Office Mind, Paperback (August 2013)View all books by T. G. Otte
Pioneering study which charts how the collective mindset of Britain's diplomatic elite reacted to and shaped nineteenth-century British foreign policy.
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Author Biography - T. G. Otte
University of East Anglia, UK Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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