Disenchanted Night

Disenchanted Night : The Industrialization of Light in the Nineteenth Century

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Wolfgang Schivelbusch tells the story of the development of artificial light in the nineteenth century. Not simply a history of a technology, Disenchanted Night reveals the ways that the technology of artificial illumination helped forge modern consciousness. In his strikingly illustrated and lively narrative, Schivelbusch discusses a range of subject including the political symbolism of street lamps, the rise of night-life and the shop-window, and the importance of the salon in bourgeois culture.

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  • Paperback | 227 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 15.24mm | 272.15g
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0520203542
  • 9780520203549
  • 542,704

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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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"Entertaining. . . . [Schivelbusch] provides ground for much speculation--about the deregulation of utilities, the role of lighting in crim control, the growing attraction of self-sufficient rural life and hte social function of the theater. That is no mean feat for 227 pages."--Brenda Maddox, "New York Times Book Review""A readable, highly personal, often original, and deliberately provocative attempt to integrate the story of artificial lisght with the history of modern life."--Neil Harris, "Science""A solid introduction to major technological transformations in 19th-century lighting and their social, psychological, and cultural contexts."--John Opie, "Technology and Culture""A marvelous nugget of history and economics."--"Newsday""

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About Wolfgang Schivelbusch

Wolfgang Schivelbusch is a freelance writer who works in Berlin and New York. His prize-winning work The Railway Journey: The Industrialization of Time and Space in the Nineteenth Century is also available from University of California Press.

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