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The Road

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Title:The Road
Belloc, Hilaire   
(2 of 3 for author by title)
The Romance of Tristan and Iseult
The Postmaster-General
Jones, Sydney R.   
Published:   1924
Publisher:T. Fisher Unwin Ltd.
Tags:Great Britain, history, non-fiction, roads

“We have had five great moments in the history of the English road system: the moment when the British trackway was superseded by the Roman military road; the moment when the latter declined in the Dark Ages; the moment when the mediaeval system of local roads grew up on the basis of the old Roman trunk roads and around them; the moment when this in its turn declined in the later sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; and the re-casting of the road system by the turnpikes of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. To-day the sixth great change is upon us. ...

“It is incumbent upon us then to-day to get ourselves clear upon the theory and the history of the Road, and I propose in this essay to take them in two sections: first, the Road in general; next, that special institution, the English Road.”—Excerpt from the Author’s Introduction. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Belloc, Hilaire

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Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)

Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc was a British-French writer and historian and one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century. Belloc was also an orator, poet, sailor, satirist, writer of letters, soldier, and political activist. His Catholic faith had a strong impact on his works. He was President of the Oxford Union and later MP for Salford from 1906 to 1910. He was a noted disputant, with a number of long-running feuds. Belloc became a naturalized British subject in 1902 while retaining his French citizenship.

The prolific author of more than 150 books, Belloc wrote on a myriad of subjects, from warfare to poetry to the many current topics of his day. He has been called one of the Big Four of Edwardian Letters, along with H.G.Wells, George Bernard Shaw, and G. K. Chesterton, all of whom debated with each other into the 1930s. Belloc was closely associated with Chesterton, and Shaw coined the term Chesterbelloc for their partnership. His Cautionary Tales for Children; humorous poems with an implausible moral, are the most widely known of his writings. Supposedly for children, they, like Lewis Carroll's works, are more to adult and satirical tastes. Three of his best-known non-fiction works are The Servile State (1912) in which he criticized the modern economic order and parliamentary system, advocating distributism in opposition to both capitalism and socialism; Europe and Faith (1920) and The Jews (1922), a controversial book in which he prophesied the attitudes and impact of Nazi Germany on the Jews.

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