In modern society, roads are often taken for granted. Guldi examines the history of Britain's road-building enterprises in the 18th and 19th centuries...Guldi points out many ways that this uniting technology greatly divided Britain. This period also provides an interesting case study in the history of technology as civil engineering emerges as its own discipline. Guldi also shows that, from its infancy, engineering has been about more than just developing new technologies and applying them to solve problems--it has required a certain level of salesmanship...Recommended for all interested in city planning and the history of civil engineering. -- William Baer Library Journal 20111201 The story of British roads is more interesting than you might expect, and Jo Guldi tells it well in Roads to Power: Britain Invents the Infrastructure State. -- Daniel Hannan Wall Street Journal 20120119
About the Author
Jo 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.