Stefan Brauckmann, Eisenbahnkulturlandschaft. Erlebbarkeit und Potentiale [Cultural Landscape of Railways: Perceptibility and Potential], Franz Steiner Verlag: Stuttgart (2010), 386 pp., 59.00.
The impact of railways on the industrial age are well known. But this widespread key infrastructure for transport and mobility was also deeply involved in the transformation of landscapes. The author called the result of intense railway construction in the decades of the nineteenth century 'Eisenbahnkulturlandschaft' which could be translated as the cultural landscape of railways, and this is the topic the book.
First, Brauckmann carefully provides the reader with information about the development of the railway network in Germany from its beginning up to the present. Of particular note are the chapters about the growing density of the network and the increase in average speed of trains over the decades. The author discusses the main characteristics of railways networks and how they affected the landscape in certain regions of Germany in a particular way....
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