Engines of Change: The Railroads That Made India by Ian J. Kerr
Former jewel in the crown of the British Empire, India remains, by any measure, a major economic and political actor on the world stage. Without the extensive rail network it…
Engines of Change synopsis
Former jewel in the crown of the British Empire, India remains, by any measure, a major economic and political actor on the world stage. Without the extensive rail network it has carried out against all odds by its British colonial masters, it is impossible to imagine what might have become of the different lands and peoples of the Indian subcontinent.
These rail networks brought together as a colony. These networks strengthened the nationalism that would be the fall of Britain.
This rail network reshapes the landscape and brings social and cultural cohesion to a diverse and diverse audience. The common rail travel that Gandhi used to reach the masses would be.
From its romantic charm to its dangerous reality, it is today's rail travel that keeps the movement of social, cultural, economic and political forces alive. The history of India's railways serves as a unique lens for a bigger story than victory over adversity.
By 1905, India had the world's fourth-largest rail network - a site that it holds in the early 21st century. The railway was at the organizational and technological center of many of the interrelated economic, political, social, cultural and environmental transformations that produced modern India through the colonial past and beyond.
In addition to this enormous technical achievement, and (in line with the focus on the chain), there is a story of equally human significance that is told by interesting articles from the triumph of the human spirit (one billion strong!) In the face of great adversity.
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