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Wolmar, Christian

Works: 79 works in 324 publications in 5 languages and 9,641 library holdings
Genres: History  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Consultant, Other, Contributor
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Christian Wolmar
Blood, iron, & gold : how the railroads transformed the world by Christian Wolmar( Book )

32 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, the author, a transportation journalist, celebrates the vision and determination of the ambitious pioneers who developed the railways that would dominate the globe. She reveals the huge impact of the railways as they spread rapidly across the world, linking cities that had hitherto been isolated, stimulating both economic growth and social change on an unprecedented scale. From Panama to the Punjab, she describes the vision and determination of the pioneers who developed railways that would one day span continents, as well as the labour of the navies who built this global network. She shows how cultures were enriched, and destroyed, by the unrelenting construction and how they had a vital role in civil conflict, as well as in two world wars. Indeed, the global expansion of the railways was key to the spread of modernity and the making of the modern world
To the edge of the world : the story of the Trans-Siberian Express, the world's greatest railroad by Christian Wolmar( Book )

15 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To the Edge of the World is an adventure in travel--full of extraordinary personalities, more than a century of explosive political, economic, and cultural events, and almost inconceivable feats of engineering. Christian Wolmar passionately recounts the improbable origins of the Trans-Siberian railroad, the vital artery for Russian expansion that spans almost 6,000 miles and seven time zones from Moscow to Vladivostok. The world's longest train route took a decade to build--in the face of punishing climates, rampant disease, scarcity of funds and materials, and widespread corruption
Engines of war : how wars were won & lost on the railways by Christian Wolmar( Book )

24 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in English and Czech and held by 1,133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains how the birth of the railroad forever changed how wars were fought, from the Crimean War and American Civil War through both world wars, the Korean War, and the Cold War and its mysterious missile trains
The great railroad revolution : the history of trains in America by Christian Wolmar( Book )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the railroad's impact on American society in the nineteenth century, from its ability to move goods and people great distances to its role in making the United States a world power
The iron road : an illustrated history of the railroad by Christian Wolmar( Book )

17 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the early steam trains to the high-speed bullet trains of today, 'The Iron Road' tells the hidden stories of railway history - the inspired engineering, blood, sweat and tears that went into the construction of the railways. Uncover the compelling tales of bold vision, invention and error, and social change behind the history of trains and railways, with famous railways such as the Transsiberian fully explored
Are trams socialist? : why Britain has no transport policy by Christian Wolmar( )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fire & steam : a new history of the railways in Britain by Christian Wolmar( Book )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The opening of the pioneering Liverpool & Manchester Railway in 1830 marked the beginning of the railway network's vital, role in changing the face of Britain. Fire and Steam celebrates the vision and determination of the ambitious Victorian pioneers who developed this revolutionary transport system and the navvies who cut through the land to enable a country-wide railway to emerge." "As Christian Wolmar's wide-ranging history shows, the rise of the steam train allowed goods and people to circulate around Britain as never before, stimulating the growth of towns and industrialisation, as well as many of the facets of modern life, from fish and chips to professional football. Workers and day-trippers flocked to the stations as railway mania grew and business men, tempted by the prospect of huge returns, clamoured to invest in this expanding industry."--Jacket
The subterranean railway : how the London Underground was built and how it changed the city forever by Christian Wolmar( Book )

21 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the Victorian era, London's Underground has had played a vital role in the daily life of generations of Londoners. In The Subterranean Railway, Christian Wolmar celebrates the vision and determination of the nineteenth-century pioneers who made the world's first, and still the largest, underground passenger railway: one of the most impressive engineering achievements in history. From the early days of steam to electrification, via the Underground's contribution to twentieth-century industrial design and its role during two world wars, the story comes right up to the present with its sleek, driverless trains and the wrangles over the future of the system. The Subterranean Railway reveals London's hidden wonder in all its glory and shows how the railway beneath the streets helped create the city we know today
The great railway revolution by Christian Wolmar( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The epic tale of the building of the US railroad network, and how it brought a stripling nation to economic and political maturuty, is recounted in thrilling style. The story of the US railroads is the story of modern America
Railways & the Raj : how the age of steam transformed India by Christian Wolmar( Book )

10 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"India was the jewel in the crown of the British Empire. There were vast riches to be exploited and vast numbers of people to be subjugated. How better to achieve these aims than by building a rail network that facilitated the export of raw material and made it easier for troops to travel around the country to tackle uprisings? India joined the railway age late: the first line was not completed until 1853 but, by 1929, 41,000 miles of track served the country. However, the creation of this vast network was not intended to modernize India for the sake of its people but rather was a means for the colonial power to govern the huge country under its control, serving its British economic and military interests. By building India's railways, Britain radically changed the nation but also unwittingly created the preconditions of independence. While the railways benefitted India and were its first modern development, their construction ultimately contributed to a stirring of nationalist opinion, as resentment grew among the Indian population over the conditions they endured when travelling by train and the barring of Indians from the better paid railway jobs. Despite the dubious intentions behind the construction of the network, the Indian people quickly took to the railways, as the trains allowed them to travel easily for the first time. The Indian Railways network remains one of the largest in the world, serving over 25 million passengers each day. In this expertly told history, Christian Wolmar reveals the full story of India's railways, from its very beginnings to the present day, and examines the chequered role they have played in Indian history and the creation of today's modern state." --Publisher description
Urban access for the 21st century : finance and governance models for transport infrastructure by Elliott D Sclar( Book )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book sets out a road map for the provision of urban access for all. Cities in developing countries have followed a path of dependency on transport systems dominated by car usage and favouring the middle classes. Urban Access for the 21st Century looks at ways in which policies can be formed in the developing world to prevent cities in these countries from following the same trajectory, and to help them shift away from those policies which are embedded in current financial systems. Through a series of chapters form international contributors, the book brings together expertise from different fields to show how small changes can incentivise positive developments in urban transport and create truly accessible cities"--Provided by publisher
Councils in conflict : the rise and fall of the municipal left by Stewart Lansley( Book )

6 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Broken rails : how privatisation wrecked Britain's railways by Christian Wolmar( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and Japanese and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christian Wolmar, one of the UK's leading transport journalists, analyses the troubled history of Britain's railways, reveals how they have reached the current state of disarray, and suggests ways to make the necessary improvements
Improving urban access : new approaches to funding transport investment by Elliott Sclar( )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

3 Shaping Rapidly Growing Chinese Cities: Lessons in the Behavioural Impacts of Transport Finance Choices -- Introduction -- From Collection to Accessibility -- Pathway One: Vehicle Ownership Policies -- Pathway Two: Land Sales Financing -- Reflections on Distribution -- Conclusions -- References -- 4 The Social Meaning Of "Access": Lessons in Transport Governance from Cities in Developed Countries -- Introduction -- Accessibility -- The Governance of Accessibility -- Funding and Financing Transport in a Period of Fiscal Crisis
Squatting : the real story by Nick Anning( Book )

4 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drugs by Christian Wolmar( Book )

6 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the different types of drugs people take today, their characteristics, and their history. Includes alcohol, tobacco, and medical drugs as well as heroin, cannabis, etc
Down the tube : the battle for London's underground by Christian Wolmar( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drugs and Sport by Christian Wolmar( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Forgotten children : the secret abuse scandal in children's homes by Christian Wolmar( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the wrong line : how ideology and incompetence wrecked Britain's railways by Christian Wolmar( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christian Wolmar's acclaimed Broken Rails charted the disastrous privatisation of the British railway system in the mid-1990s. Now, in an updated and expanded version of the book, Wolmar highlights the failure of New Labour to get to grips with the legacy it inherited. The railways now absorb more taxpayers' money than ever before, while performance has reached an all-time low. Wolmar suggests that the railways may soon be under threat from a massive round of cuts and closures - or that debts, already at USD10bn, will mount up with catastrophic effect. But he argues that there is a third option: a return to a rational railway in which the disparate pieces are reassembled into a functioning network
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Blood, iron, & gold : how the railroads transformed the world
Engines of war : how wars were won & lost on the railwaysFire & steam : a new history of the railways in BritainThe subterranean railway : how the London Underground was built and how it changed the city foreverForgotten children : the secret abuse scandal in children's homes
Alternative Names
Christian Wolmar britischer Journalist, Autor und Eisenbahnhistoriker

Christian Wolmar British journalist

Christian Wolmar Brits journalist

Christian Wolmar journaliste britannique

Christian Wolmar periodista británico

Forter Wolmar, Christian Tage 1949-

Wolmar, Christian Tage Forter 1949-

ウォルマー, クリスチャン

ウォルマー, クリスチャン 1949-

ウルマー, クリスチャン