|Author||: Wolfgang Schivelbusch|
|Publisher||: Univ of California Press|
|Total Pages||: 270|
|Rating||: 4/5 (42 Downloads)|
Book excerpt: 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 subjects including the political symbolism of streetlamps, the rise of nightlife and the shopwindow, and the importance of the salon in bourgeois culture.