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The Emergence of Bicycling and Automobility in Britain

The Emergence of Bicycling and Automobility in Britain

Author: Craig Horner

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350054202

Category: History

Page: 224

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In the late 19th century, bicyling and motoring offered new ways for a hardy minority to travel. Escaping from the 'tyranny' of the train timetables, these entrepreneurs were able to promote private mobility when the road, technology and infrastructure were unequal to the task. With a moribund network out of town, poor roadside accommodation and few services, how could road traction persist and ultimately thrive? Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, including magazines, newspapers and advice books on stable management, this book explores the emergence and development of bicycling and automobility in Britain, with a focus on the racing driver-cum-entrepreneur SF Edge (1868-1940) and his network. Craig Horner considers the motivations, prejudices and cultures of those who promoted and consumed road traction, providing new insights into social class, leisure, sport and tourism in Britain. In addition, he places early British bicycling and automobility in an international context, providing fruitful comparisons with the movements in France, Germany and the United States. The Emergence of Bicycling and Automobility in Britain is an excellent resource for scholars and students interested in mobility studies, social and cultural history, and the history of technology.

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ISBN: UOM:39015084602229

Category: Automobiles

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William Wordsworth and Modern Travel

William Wordsworth and Modern Travel

Author: Saeko Yoshikawa

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 9781789627398

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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This book explores Wordsworth’s extraordinary influence on the tourist landscapes of the Lake District throughout the age of railways, motorcars and the First World War. It reveals how Wordsworth’s response to railways was not a straightforward matter of opposition and protest; his ideas were taken up by both advocates and opponents of railways, and through their controversies had a surprising impact on the earliest motorists as they sought a language to describe the liberty and independence of their new mode of transport. Once the age of motoring was underway, the outbreak of the First World War encouraged British people to connect Wordsworth’s patriotic passion with his wish to protect the Lake District as a national heritage – a transition that would have momentous effects in the interwar period, when popular motoring paradoxically brought a vogue for open-air activities and a renewal of romantic pedestrianism. With the arrival of global tourism, preservation of the cultural landscape of the Lake District became an urgent national and international concern. This book explores how patterns of tourist behaviour and environmental awareness changed in the century of popular tourism, examining how Wordsworth’s vision and language shaped modern ideas of travel, self-reliance, landscape and environment, cultural heritage, preservation and accessibility.

Classic Car Museum Guide

Classic Car Museum Guide

Author: Lance Cole

Publisher: Pen and Sword Transport

ISBN: 9781526735904

Category: Transportation

Page: 240

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A new, comprehensive guide to motoring and transport museums offering a fresh conversation on their role and the portrayal of our motoring history. Written by a long-established motoring writer with wide experience of driving and the fettling of old cars all over the world. This new motor museum companion includes: British motoring and transport museums guide via descriptions and photographs. 90 British museums described. Comprehensive world motor museum listing: over 350 global museums cited. Out-takes from visits to selected overseas museums. Provides a glossary of old-car/motorcycle terms and types to assist the museum visitor and old car enthusiast. Discusses the museum culture and its new age. Visits to many museums by the author were self-funded: he paid his own way.

Queensland Motoring Dawn

Queensland Motoring Dawn

Author: Richard McDonough

Publisher: Boolarong Press

ISBN: 9781925236071

Category: Transportation

Page: 416

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Ever given a second thought to fuelling up at almost any street corner or buying your spare parts from a myriad of local suppliers? Perhaps you’ve been known to curse the state of our roads and the ever rising costs of running a car. Even questioning what the authorities are doing about it? Well spare a thought for those who started this motoring madness over a century ago. Their lot was to overcome prevailing social and bureaucratic prejudices; and that was before they even ventured out in their primitive vehicles to do battle with the rough tracks that were optimistically called ‘roads’. In a state as large as Queensland it was inevitable that the motor car would take hold, despite the naysayers. This is the story of how it all started; from the first sighting of a self-propelled vehicle on a Brisbane street to the high adventure of cross-country motoring in outback Queensland, and even the odd interstate trip to the deep south. These individuals were trail-blazers in its truest sense. Our forebears had the vision and gumption to see it through and you will be amazed at what they went through. So get comfortable, buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Roads Were Not Built for Cars

Roads Were Not Built for Cars

Author: Carlton Reid

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781610916899

Category: Architecture

Page: 374

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Cyclists were written out of highway history in the 1920s and 1930s by the all-powerful motor lobby:Roads Were Not Built For Cars tells the real story, putting cyclists center stage again. Not that the book is only about cyclists. It will also contains lots of automotive history because many automobile pioneers were cyclists before becoming motorists. A surprising number of the first car manufacturers were also cyclists, including Henry Ford. Some carried on cycling right through until the 1940s. One famous motor manufacturing pioneer was a racing tricycle rider to his dying day.

New Directions in Travel Writing Studies

New Directions in Travel Writing Studies

Author: Paul Smethurst

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137457257

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 325

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This collection focuses attention on theoretical approaches to travel writing, with the aim to advance the discourse. Internationally renowned, as well as emerging, scholars establish a critical milieu for travel writing studies, as well as offer a set of exemplars in the application of theory to travel writing.

The Car and British Society

The Car and British Society

Author: Sean O'Connell

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719055067

Category: Automobiles

Page: 260

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The car was first introduced in British society over 100 years ago. This study offers a radical way of looking at the history of motoring; focusing on issues of class, gender and consumption, the author argues that the technology and use of the motor car was hugely influenced by the way it was adopted by society in the first year of its history.