British Columbia by the Road: Car Culture and the Making of a Modern Landscape by Ben BradleyBritish Columbia by the Road: Car Culture and the Making of a Modern Landscape by Ben Bradley

British Columbia by the Road: Car Culture and the Making of a Modern Landscape

byBen Bradley

Hardcover | May 15, 2017

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In British Columbia by the Road, Ben Bradley takes readers on an unprecedented journey through the history of roads, highways, and motoring in British Columbia’s Interior, a remote landscape composed of plateaus and interlocking valleys, soaring mountains and treacherous passes.

Challenging the idea that the automobile offered travellers the freedom of the road and a view of unadulterated nature, Bradley shows that an array of interested parties – boosters, businessmen, conservationists, and public servants – manipulated what drivers and passengers could and should view from the road.

When it came to roads and highways, planners and builders had two concerns: grading or paving a way through “the wilderness” and opening pathways to new parks and historic sites. They understood that the development of a modern road network would lead to new ways of perceiving BC and its environment. Although cars and roads promised freedom, they offered drivers a curated view of the landscape that shaped the province’s image in the eyes of residents and visitors alike.

Ben Bradley is a Grant Notley Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta.Ben Bradley is a Grant Notley Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta. He is the co-editor of Moving Natures: Mobility and the Environment in Canadian History.
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Title:British Columbia by the Road: Car Culture and the Making of a Modern LandscapeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:324 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:May 15, 2017Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774834188

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Automobility and the Making of New Kinds of Experience

Route A: A Drive through Nature

1 Toward a Park in the Cascade Mountains

2 Behind the Scenery in Manning Park

3 The Politics of Roads and Parks in the Big Bend Country

4 The Failure of Hamber Park and the Big Bend Highway

Route B: Paths to the Past

5 Tracing the Route of the Cariboo Wagon Road

6 Changing Times and Crisis amidst Prosperity

7 On the Road for the 1958 Centennial

8 Mixed Fortunes in the BC Old Rush

Conclusion: Looking Back on British Columbia by the Road

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The definitive study of automobility and how it has influenced regional perceptions not only in British Columbia but also elsewhere in North America, if not worldwide. - John A. Jakle, co-author of The Garage: Automobility and Building Innovation in America’s Early Auto Age