Who Really Invented the Automobile: Skulduggery at the Crossroads

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David Beasley, 1997 - Transportation - 180 pages

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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Contents

1 The Existence of the Steam Carriage
1
2 The Company Itself
18
3 Chronology of Failure
24
4 Was There a Market?
31
5 Was Gurney Beaten by His Competitors?
37
6 Opposition of the Railroad Interests
43
7 Cost Comparison Between the Railroad and Steam Carriage
54
8 The Decisive Importance of Restrictive Tolls
61
12 The Breaking of English Capital
106
13 The Petroleum Connection
109
14 Profitability of the Automobile Relative to the Railway and Canals in France
118
15 Technological Determinism as a Mode of Development
122
16 The Promotion of Petrol over Steam
126
17 The Diffusion of the Petroleum Automobile
132
18 Rationale
142
Notes
151

9 The Interest Group Basis of Restrictive Legislation
69
10 Financing the European Railways
85
11 The Repression of the Steam Carriage on the Continent and the Development of the Petroleum Automobile
96

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About the author (1997)

David R. Beasley was born and schooled in Hamilton, Ontario. He graduated from McMaster University with a B.A. [Literature and History], studied in Paris and Vienna. In New York City, he earned a master’s degree in Library Science, worked in the New York Public Research Libraries, led the New York Library Guild, AFSCME Local 1930 and earned a PhD in political economy at the progressive New School for Social Research. He moved to Simcoe, Ontario in 1992 and continued to write and publish books under his imprint Davus Publishing. Awarded Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his writings.

 

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