The Great Train Race: Railways and the Franco-German Rivalry, 1815-1914

November 1, 2020
The Great Train Race: Railways and the Franco-German Rivalry, 1815-1914

From their origins, railways produced an intense competitionbetween the two major continental systems in France and Germany.Fitting a new technology into existing political institutions andsocial habits, these two nations became inexorably involved inindustrial and commercial rivalry that eventually escalated intothe armed conflict of 1914. Based on many years of research inFrench and German archives, this study examines the adaptation ofrailroads and steam engines from Britain to the continent of Europeafter the Napoleonic age.A fascinating example of how the same technology, borrowed atthe same time from the same source, was assimilated differently bythe two continental powers, this book offers a groundbreakinganalysis of the crossroads of technology and politics during thefirst Industrial Revolution.