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From the middle of the 18th century - roughly 100 years before the beginning of the construction of the railway - in many parts of West and Central Europe an intensification of land transport took place. The critical precondition for this was the manufacture of so-called chaussees (highways). The construction and maintenance of these artificial roads set new challenges for state policy in relation to infrastructure (Infrastructure) and often constituted the primary task of the developing institutions of modern local self-government.

The carriageway of a chaussee consist…

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Müller, Uwe, “Chaussee”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_018000>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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