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The bicycle : towards a global history

Author: Paul Smethurst
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The modern bicycle as we know it today was developed in England in the 1880s. A decade later, cycling was already a popular spectator sport and a recreational fashion across western society. Women's rights, class mobility and a modern spirit of individualism helped fuel this bicycle boom. In China, on the other hand, the bicycle's ubiquity reflected state-controlled social uniformity. Briefly, it became a symbol of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Smethurst
ISBN: 9781137499493 1137499494 1137499508 9781137499509
OCLC Number: 921816976
Description: xiii, 194 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: --
Contents --
1. Invention --
2. Mobility --
3. Crossings --
4. Trends and Trajectories
Responsibility: Paul Smethurst

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This is the first history of the bicycle to trace not only the technical background to its invention, but also to contrast its social and cultural impact in different parts of the world, and assess  Read more...

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