Emphasizing fear and class resentment, Shell’s Transportation and Revolt is groundbreaking in that it adds a novel and provocative twist to conventional histories of transportation. It gives a more complete social and political context about why certain things didn’t happen, and this work will no doubt stimulate other scholars to investigate the role of fear in shaping how we move.—Antipode—
Those interested in historical mobility, subversive or insurgent mobility, and animal mobility will find a lot to like in Transportation and Revolt. The book offers a powerful argument that the reasons why certain transportation modes become dominant while others fade away are not always economic or technical but can also be rooted in politics, fear and efforts to control suspect people.
—Journal of Transport Geography
Transportation and Revolt brings together radical historical geography with transportation history to expand our view of the ways ruling powers thwart resistance movements. Authorities not only built infrastructure to contain subversion, they also un-built infrastructure to immobilize political others. Jacob Shell has unearthed important traces of a world of working animals and transport systems long rendered invisible.
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