The Politics of Transport in Twentieth-century France

The Politics of Transport in Twentieth-century France

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Few aspects of economic development have had such a widespread or profound impact on the reshaping of contemporary France as transportation. As a result, transport policy has brought many of the major social forces into conflict. Monopolistic railway companies, closely aligned with the banks, combated the defenders of the regions and small towns. The fiercely independent truckers and barge-haulers, proponents of the small family firm, collided with the forces of the state. Apostles of the transatlantic gospel of free enterprise and technical progress clashed with supporters of a planned, socialist society.5): almost 1/5 were located in Caen, the chef-lieu or administrative centre of the department, but some sixty-nine localities boasted ... Again in Calvados, two bus establishments, one affiliated to Citroen, the other operating the departmenta#39;s subsidized network, owned 104 ... It worked closely with the PO and PLM, coexisted with the artisans, and operated bus services in thirty departments, often subsidizedanbsp;...

Title:The Politics of Transport in Twentieth-century France
Author: Joseph Jones
Publisher:McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP - 1984

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