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Charney, Michael W. (2015) 'Railways and Empire.' In: MacKenzie, John M., Dalziel, Nigel R., Doumanis, Nicholas and Charney, Michael W., (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Empire. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.

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The railways were above all an economic enterprise important in forging informal and formal empire. Nevertheless, the railways were even more vital for their political and cultural impact, contributing to the emergence of the idea of the nation, nationalism, and ultimately independence. The vagaries of the colonial export economy and eventual challenges from cheap motor vehicle transportation meant that the railways faced the continual problem of how to derive a profit in the face of colonial regulations.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of History
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of History
ISBN: 9781118440643
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Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2016 11:04

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