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The Bicycle — Towards a Global History

Authors: Smethurst, P.

  • This is the first bicycle book to chart the facts and myths surrounding the invention of the bicycle in the 19th century, and then to consider its cultural impact on western and non-western society
  • An accessibly written addition to the world of transport studies
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About this book

This is the first history of the bicycle to trace not only the technical background to its invention, but also to contrast its social and cultural impact in different parts of the world, and assess its future as a continuing global phenomenon.

About the authors

Paul Smethurst is Associate Professor in English at the University of Hong Kong, China, where he teaches courses in travel writing, literature and the environment, and fictions of globalisation. His books include Travel Writing and the Natural World (2013) and The Postmodern Chronotope (2000). After taking early retirement in 2015, he plans to continue writing from his home in Bali.

Reviews

"Using four thematic chapters, this book is notable in providing an assessment of the history of the bicycle that is firmly lodged in sociology and cultural studies, representing the most current academic approaches to the subject. Its global outlook is particularly welcome. It is a valuable addition to the literature of cycling history and to transport studies more generally."

- Nicholas Oddy, Head of Design History and Context, Glasgow School of Art, UK

'Paul Smethurst has thoroughly digested his bicycle history and produced a deeply researched, original and perceptive cultural and social history of the bicycle. Among the many recently published new titles exploring this ever-fascinating subject, Paul's is particularly noteworthy for its broad explorations and international focus.' Dr Andrew Ritchie, bicycle historian and author of Major Taylor: The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Smethurst, Paul

    Pages 1-8

  • Invention: The Technical Evolution of the Modern Bicycle

    Smethurst, Paul

    Pages 9-66

  • Mobility: The Practical and Cultural Impact of Bicycling in the West

    Smethurst, Paul

    Pages 67-104

  • Crossings: The Diffusion of Bicycle Culture across Asia and Africa

    Smethurst, Paul

    Pages 105-140

  • Trends and Trajectories: The Global Future of the Bicycle

    Smethurst, Paul

    Pages 141-155

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eBook $24.99
price for USA (gross)
valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-137-49951-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $110.00
price for USA
valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-137-49949-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $32.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-349-50530-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • This title is currently reprinting. You can pre-order your copy now.
Softcover $32.00
price for USA
valid through October 16, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-137-49950-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Bicycle — Towards a Global History
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Paul Smethurst
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49951-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137499516
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49949-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-50530-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-49950-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 194
Number of Illustrations and Tables
28 b/w illustrations
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