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1837Russia's Quiet Revolution$
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Paul W. Werth

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198826354

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198826354.001.0001

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A Unicorn, Violent but Submissive

A Unicorn, Violent but Submissive

(p.163) 9 A Unicorn, Violent but Submissive

Paul W. Werth

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Along with the steamship, the railroad constituted the principal transport innovation of the nineteenth century. Altering conceptions of space and time, creating new forms of subjective experience, and signaling the triumph of mechanical regularity over natural irregularity, railways represented a providential event akin to the invention of gunpowder and printing. First appearing in Russia in 1837, the railroad became a quintessential feature of the country’s nineteenth century and in a basic sense defines modern Russia. It significantly increased mobility in Russia and contributed fundamentally to the country’s integration, eventually linking distant locations and people in an expanding transport network. Its appearance was a turning point for the country.

Keywords:   transport, roads, canals, infrastructure, Franz Anton von Gerstner, industry, trade, Tsarskoe Selo, Pavlovsk, Petersburg

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