Railroaded - 9780393061260

Un libro in lingua di Richard White edito da W W Norton & Co Inc, 2011

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In this history of the transcontinental railroad corporations of North America (for the railroads of Mexico and Canada were part of the same network and controlled by the same people) from their genesis in the US Civil War to their complete financial collapse in the depression of the 1890s, White (American history, Stanford U.) has produced a critical counter-narrative that, instead of dwelling on the golden spike and the discourse of triumphant progress, judges the transcontinentals to be unnecessary failures that, with the exception of a handful of individual entrepreneurs enriched by their innovations in finance, pricing, and political lobbying, resulted in harm to just about everyone else, including the corporations themselves. They were, nevertheless, transformative failures, shaping modern North America through their blurring of the line between corporate competition and federal regulation, rendering the sense of space as radically unstable and subject to the whims of distant powers, and helping rehabilitate anti-corporate movements through their general dysfunction (itself a mark of their corporate modernity, in White's view). White is at pains to stress that he is not resurrecting the Robber Baron literature, suggesting that, in general, those who ran the transcontinentals were generally more ignorant and inept than brilliant and scheming. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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