Disenchanted Night

Disenchanted Night : The Industrialization of Light in the Nineteenth Century

By (author) Wolfgang Schivelbusch , Translated by Angela Davies


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This text tells the story of the development of artificial light in the 19th century. The book reveals the ways that the technology of artificial light helped forge modern consciousness. It discusses such topics as the political symbolism of street lighting and the rise of nightlife.

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  • Paperback | 227 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 15.24mm | 272.15g
  • 20 Dec 1995
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley
  • English, German
  • Revised ed.
  • 0520203542
  • 9780520203549
  • 427,735

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"A readable, highly personal, often original, and deliberately provocative attempt to integrate the story of artifical light with the history of modern life."--Neil Harris, "Science

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