Social & Industrial History
The Age of the Automobile
A Social History of 20th Century Britain
Based on the author's series of television programmes, this social history of Britain up to the 1970s explores the impact of motorized transport – whether motor cars, tanks or aircraft – on how and where people lived; the development of mass production industries; and on leisure pursuits and holidays. At the same time, Perkin traces the political and economic decline of Britain as a world power and its 'moral rise as the leading pioneer of the welfare state'. First published in 1976.
Horse-Drawn Transport in Leeds
William Turton, Corn Merchant and Tramway Entrepreneur
Although steam power was transforming the nation's transport in the 19th century, the horse-drawn tram survived in cities long enough to be replaced in most areas by electric traction, rather than by steam. This history examines the introduction of these early urban transport systems from the 1870s through the career of Yorkshire entrepreneur William Turton, who founded the Leeds Tramways Company and ran horse tramway services in major cities across the north of England.