The Railroad and the State

Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2004-07-15
Publisher(s): Stanford Univ Pr
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The Railroad and the Stateis the first book to examine as a coherent whole the complex and changing relationship between the U.S. Army and American railroads during the nineteenth century. It details the Army's role in the development of the preeminent technology of the era, including the assignment of military engineers to assist early railroad planning and construction, the military use of railroads during the Civil War, and the exchange of military protection for cheap transportation in the American west. The book's objective is to deepen the reader's understanding of the role of the military in technological change and industrial development and of the relationship between the military and private enterprise in nineteenth-century America. It is intended for audiences interested in American military history, American economic and industrial history, the history of technology, and the history of the American West, as well as the history of railroads.

Author Biography

Robert G. Angevine is a Research Analyst at the Strategic Assessment Center, SAIC. He also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor at George Mason University and American University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
List of Illustrations
Introduction xiii
Internal Improvements, the State, and the Military in the Early National Period, 1800--1827
The U.S. Military Academy and Engineering Expertise, 1802--1832
Railroads and the Rhetoric of National Defense, 1827--1838
Surveying the Railroads and the Military Approach to Industrial Development, 1827--1838
Railroads, Resignations, and the Rise of Military Professionalism, 1832--1848
A New Phase in the Relationship Between the Army and the Railroads, 1848--1861
The Civil War and the Beginning of Army-Railroad Cooperation, 1861--1865
Civilization, Concentration, and the Construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, 1865--1870
The Fruits of Symbiotic Exchange, 1870--1898
Conclusion 227(4)
Notes 231(74)
Bibliography 305(34)
Index 339

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