On the Fast Track: French Railway Modernization and the Origins of the TGV, 1944-1983

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On the Fast Track This text traces the rise of the high-speed passenger train service in France from the end of World War II to 1983. The author describes the political, economic and social factors that both helped and hindered the development of the world's fastest, most technologically advanced train.

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"Other histories have described the building of the system from engineering standpoint or as occuring largely in a political and social vacuum. In this important book, Jacob Meunier seeks to set the record straight and provide a complete picture of the political controversies and technical contingencies that surrounds the french drive toward high-speed rail....Meunier succeeds admirably at his task."-RailRoad History

"[A]s a readable, informed, and engaged account of the political and technological development of high-speed passenger train travel in postwar France, this book is to be warmly recommended."-Economic History Review

"{M}eunier's is a very well-researched and brilliantly written historical account. While several authors have published good studies on the TGV for French readers, his is the first aimed at an English-speaking audience.It can be highly recommended to anyone interested in railway history, large technological systems, or French history of technology."-Technology and Culture

"ÝA¨s a readable, informed, and engaged account of the political and technological development of high-speed passenger train travel in postwar France, this book is to be warmly recommended."-Economic History Review

?[A]s a readable, informed, and engaged account of the political and technological development of high-speed passenger train travel in postwar France, this book is to be warmly recommended.?-Economic History Review

?{M}eunier's is a very well-researched and brilliantly written historical account. While several authors have published good studies on the TGV for French readers, his is the first aimed at an English-speaking audience.It can be highly recommended to anyone interested in railway history, large technological systems, or French history of technology.?-Technology and Culture

?Other histories have described the building of the system from engineering standpoint or as occuring largely in a political and social vacuum. In this important book, Jacob Meunier seeks to set the record straight and provide a complete picture of the political controversies and technical contingencies that surrounds the french drive toward high-speed rail....Meunier succeeds admirably at his task.?-RailRoad History

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For much of the postwar era, French society had a contradictory view of passenger trains, scorning them as quaint anachronisms on the one hand, yet also fearing their economic and social impact. All this changed with the introduction of the famed Train a Grande Vitesse (TGV) between Paris and Lyon in the early 1980s. In vivid detail, Meunier describes the political, economic, and social factors that both helped and hindered the development of the world's fastest, most technologically advanced train. The present-day enthusiasm in France for high-speed rail travel dates only to the successful launch of the now-famous TGV in 1981. This book is a full-length treatment of high-speed rail travel and features a comprehensive bibliography.

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