Documents from earliest times the history of roads, bridges and vehicles, and interprets their role in the economic and societal patterns of civilization
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James E. Vance, Jr., is emeritus professor of geography at the University of California, Berkeley. His books includeThe Continuing City, also available from Johns Hopkins.From Library Journal:
Lay, an Australian civil engineer, appreciates the relevance of roads to history. He brings to his study a sense of humor that often exploits the subject's potential bathos. Nonetheless, his deep interest and encyclopedic knowledge of the field show through and result in a book that fills certain lacunae in the history of transportation. Lay starts with the footpath, goes on to cover the technology of asphalt, and delves into bridge building (he even includes a list of extant Roman arched bridges). The internal combustion engine and its predecessors occupy much of his efforts, but he also discusses the evolution of the rules of the road and even street cleaning. There is information here for the high school research paper as well as for the engineer. Moreover, in his extensive footnotes and bibliography, Lay cheerfully gives credit where credit is due. He also adds a time line for those so inclined. Ways of the World is recommended for public libraries and all academic libraries.
- Clay Williams, Bluefield State Coll. Lib., W. Va.
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Book Description Rutgers University Press, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110813517583
Book Description Rutgers University Press, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB0813517583