Who Really Invented the Automobile: Skulduggery at the Crossroads
The automobile was perfected in 1829 and ran well on English roads. Who prevented its development? Beasley takes you into the railway and banking conflicts from the 1820s to the 1890's when the automobile is developed in France as he demonstrates an economic theory of invention. “Highly recommended,” —Stoney Creek News. “It is excellent,”—Charles Bishop, author of La France et l”Automobile.
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2 The Company Itself
3 Chronology of Failure
4 Was There a Market?
5 Was Gurney Beaten by His Competitors?
6 Opposition of the Railroad Interests
7 Cost Comparison Between the Railroad and Steam Carriage
8 The Decisive Importance of Restrictive Tolls
12 The Breaking of English Capital
13 The Petroleum Connection
14 Profitability of the Automobile Relative to the Railway and Canals in France
15 Technological Determinism as a Mode of Development
16 The Promotion of Petrol over Steam
17 The Diffusion of the Petroleum Automobile