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Passenger transportation
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Among the means of traffic and transport, water routes were preferred to land routes until well into the early modern period. To the extent that waterways and canals were available, this was true of both freight and passenger transport. Inland navigation counted both speed and comfort among its features, but also the dependability of the entire journey. At the beginning of the early modern period, for the time being comparable conditions were not present on land (Land transport). If they did not have servants to organize transport for them, travelers had to make all…

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Beyrer, Klaus, “Passenger transportation”, 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 10 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_025417>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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