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L’épopée française des trains américains. Le transcontinental vu par Jules Verne, Vivien de Saint-Martin et Pierre Larousse

Abstract : The 1869 opening of the Pacific Railroad, the first American transcontinental railway, contributed to contemporary thought and fed the imaginations on the other side of the Atlantic. In this respect, the 1869 Tour du Monde supplement articles written by Vivien de Saint-Martin, the « chemin de fer » entry in the Grand Larousse universel and two novels of Jules Vernes can be addressed as mutual echos. For the geographer, the lexicographer and the novelist, american trains show the advent of a new era in the mastering of space and nature. By detailing unprecedented services, meaning for them a technical advance that should emulate their side of the Ocean, French authors’ perception of the transcontinental and of the entire american network shapes an ideal and saint-simonian conception making of them the omen of progress toward civilisation and universal peace.
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Isabelle Guillaume. L’épopée française des trains américains. Le transcontinental vu par Jules Verne, Vivien de Saint-Martin et Pierre Larousse. Revue d’histoire des chemins de fer, Association pour l’histoire des chemins de fer, 2013, 44, pp.183-200. ⟨10.4000/rhcf.1656⟩. ⟨hal-02501626⟩

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