Roads to Power by Jo Guldi
Britain Invents the Infrastructure State

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...to complain that privatization is bad for poor and remote regions is to beg the question.
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Guldi narrates how Britain built the first nation connected by infrastructure, how a libertarian revolution destroyed a national economy, and how technology caused strangers to stop speaking. The new infrastructure state saw unprecedented control by bureaucrats over everyday life and gave rise to competing visions of community still debated today.
 

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Joanna Guldi is Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital History, University of Chicago, and a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University. She also runs the Landscape Studies Podcast.
 
Published January 2, 2012 by Harvard University Press. 320 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Travel, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Daniel Hannan on Jan 19 2012

...to complain that privatization is bad for poor and remote regions is to beg the question.

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