Disenchanted Night: The Industrialization of Light in the Nineteenth Century

Disenchanted Night: The Industrialization of Light in the Nineteenth Century

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Disenchanted Night: The Industrialization of Light in the Nineteenth Century by Wolfgang Schivelbusch


Wolfgang Schivelbusch tells the story of the development of artificial light in the nineteenth century. Not simply a history of a technology, Disenchanted Night revelas 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 streetlamps, the rise of nightlife and the shopwindow, and the importance of the salon in bourgeois culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520059030
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/21/1988
Pages: 227
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

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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