Skip to main content
Read page text

Page Text

CONTENTS

AUTHOR’S PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

........................................................... 05

........................................................... 08

PRIMITIVE BRIDGES Clapper Bridges ROMAN BRIDGE-BUILDERS Bridges in Rome • Roman Bridges in Italy • Roman River Crossings in Spain • Roman Aqueducts and Viaducts in Iberia • Roman Engineering in France • Roman Bridges in the Levant THE MIDDLE AGES The Chinese Forerunner • Packhorse Bridges • Chapel Bridges • Fortifi ed Bridges • Chinese Song Dynasty Bridges • Thames River Crossings • Devil’s Bridges • High Arch Bridges • Lone Medieval Bridges • Medieval Bridges in Germany • A Chinese Multi-Arch Marvel THE SIXTEENTH AND SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES The Inhabited Bridge • Italian Renaissance Bridges • Bridges of the Yangzi Water Towns • Great Bridges of the Islamic World • Graceful Footbridges • Bridges Built to Defy Floodwater • By Royal Command • French Cities Ennobled by Grand Bridges • Japan’s Most Famous Bridge

........................................................... 14

........................................................... 18

........................................................... 32

........................................................... 56

THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY Les Ingénieurs des Ponts et Chaussées • Georgian Civic Splendour • Stone Bridges of Epirus • Monumental Structures • Palladian Bridges • Bridges in the Landscape • Garden Bridges of Tsarskoye Selo • Garden Bridges of Schloss Wörlitz • Imperial Chinese Bridges • General Wade’s Bridges • Eye-Catching Fantasies • Monarchy and Empire in Paris

........................................................... 78

THE NINETEENTH CENTURY Thomas Telford, Supreme Engineer • Triumphal-Arch Suspension Bridges • Bridges of Taishun County • Brunel, Pioneer of Great Spans • A Footbridge in Myanmar • Bridges in Castle Style • Spectacular Railway Viaducts • Robert Stephenson, Hero of the Railway Age • Aqueducts Revived • Gustave Eiffel as Bridge-Builder • In the Footsteps of Eiffel • Double-

........................................................... 106

6 BRIDGES SPANNING THE WORLD

Skip to main content