Bridging the Gap: The Belfast-Dublin Railway Corridor in the Nineteenth Century

  • Agustina MartireEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


Dublin and Belfast had an important role in the Irish and British urban networks of the nineteenth century. The spatial and material turn in geography and history opens up a wider debate about the way urban networks evolved. Technological and infrastructural transformations were significant for the cultural and spatial transformations of both cities. This approach especially influences how we understand those complex processes that align infrastructural transformations with spatial, material and cultural ones. This paper aims to reveal how the railway line between Belfast and Dublin created a local network with international repercussions and investigates the links between infrastructural changes and the culture, perception and narratives of both cities


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  1. 1.Queen’s University BelfastBelfastNorthern Ireland, UK

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