The Age of the Railway: A Social History of 19th Century Britain
Harold J Perkin
Edward Everett Root Publishers Co Ltd, Brighton, 2016. First published in London in 1976.
Classics in Social and Economic History series.
Paperback; 130 X 195 mm; 351 pages. Illustrations within text. No dust jacket.
Overall the book is in good condition. Though the binding is sound, pages 13/14 of the introduction are missing, and page 12 is annotated in pencil to that effect. Other than this, the body of the text is complete.
“This well-illustrated work by a distinguished social historian narrates the epic of the great age of railway history and development. It sets this in the context of the social history and its contemporary impact on society as a whole. It shows authoritatively how the railways revolutionised everything - being the most spectacular change of the Industrial Revolution. This impact continues to shape our life today, as the railways transformed the economic life of whole nations and transformed the quality of life itself. The author shows how railways helped break down class barriers, and established quite new ones which persist today. The railways radically altered the pattern, too, in upper, middle, and working class life. And they made possible the growth of vast suburban areas, and ushered in the computer age. In so many ways the railways formed the social structures of today’s industrial advances, as the author shows. This is a very readable and highly individual social history full of valuable insights.”