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The philosophy of railways : the transcontinental railway idea in British North America

Author: A A den Otter
Publisher: Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When, in the late 1980s, the federal government initiated a plan to deregulate the Canadian railway system, lobby groups protested the betrayal of a national mandate. They asserted that the railway was founded to promote a sense of national identity, to provide access to isolated regions of the country, and to ensure a transnational exchange of goods and ideas. In The Philosophy of Railways, A.A. den Otter  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: A A den Otter
ISBN: 0802041612 9780802041616
OCLC Number: 37640719
Description: xi, 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Technological Nationalism: The Backdrop --
2. The Guarantee Act: Signpost for an Era --
3. Nova Scotia: Railways and the New Economy --
4. The Grand Trunk Railway: The New Imperialism --
5. Saint John: Fulcrum Metropol --
6. The Pacific Scandal: Nationalism and Business --
7. The National Policy: Defining a Nation --
8. The Philosophy of Railways: Conclusions and Conjectures.
Responsibility: A.A. den Otter.

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Examines the ideological motivations for building the Canadian railway, the contemporary understandings of nationalism, and the evolving notion of a transcontinental union.  Read more...

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