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Unformatted text preview: Shrinking the world: The Railway and The Telegraph 1 Friday, September 23, 11 Outline • The Industrialization of time and space • The changing experience of travel • Railway Pathologies • Railway time • The Telegraph • Incremental development • Multiple forms • slow adoption 2 Friday, September 23, 11 The Growth of the Rail System • 1825 Stockton–Darlington line opens • 1830 Liverpool–Manchester line completed • 1844-1846 Railway Mania. 400 new lines authorized and 9000 rout miles of track laid. • 1849 rail system largely complete. Caledonian rail line connects London to Edinburgh 3 Friday, September 23, 11 Pre-industrial travel • Animal powered. • Travelers may move by post-cart, coach, or wagon. Top speed is roughly 10 mph • People develop a fxed concept oF the amount oF time it takes to cover a given distance. • John Nevison “SwiFt Nick”1667 used these fxed concepts oF time and space to create an alibi 4 Friday, September 23, 11 Shrinking the world: violating fixed relationships between time and space • The railway violates the established relationships between time and distance • This is experienced as a “shrinking of the world” or the “annihilation” of space between points • The speed at which the train covers distance is psychologically disturbing to contemporaries 5 Friday, September 23, 11 Heinrich Heine: 1797-1856 • “What changes now occur, in our way of looking at things. Even the elementary concepts of space and time have begun to vacillate. Space is killed by the railways, and we are left with...
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This note was uploaded on 01/28/2012 for the course HIST 202 taught by Professor Garbutt during the Spring '10 term at Toledo.

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