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Povijest putovanja željeznicom o industrijalizaciji prostora i vremena u 19. stoljeću

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Because it made possible rapid movement and shipping across large distances, joining far-off towns to economic and cultural capitals, many people who lived in the early 19th century regarded the railroad as an instrument of progress. Because anyone with the price of a ticket could board a train, regardless of social class, the railroad was also seen as a democratizing tech ...more
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Published 2010 by Ljevak (first published 1977)
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Jan-Maat
Since I read this book with twinkling eyes and a smile on my face I tenderly recommend it to other readers, at least those who are interested in trains.

What this is, is a cultural history, culture very broadly understood, of the railway.

At first everything seemed so familiar that I could hardly perceive the insight. It helped to remember that this book has been rattling around since 1977. Long enough for others to have drawn from it and for its messages to have passed through many stations.

It bu
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Jochen
Jan 11, 2013 Jochen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ein überaus erfreuliches Buch, das dem Autor vermutlich zu einem viel höheren Prestige verholfen hätte, wenn er es in einer vernebelnden Sprache à la Kittler geschrieben hätte. Außerdem stützt er sich auf Archivarbeit. Daß man einmal Pumpen gebaut hat, um Wasserräder mit Wasser zu versorgen, daß man jahrelang Zahnräder benutzt hat, weil man dachte, Räder würden auf Schienen rutschen, daß die Menschen Angst hatten, in den Abteils ermordet zu werden und deshalb Fenster zu den anderen Abteils einge ...more
David Monroe
3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

The impact of constant technological change upon our perception of the world is so pervasive and have become commonplace in our society. But this wasn't always the case; as Schivelbusch points out, our adaptation to technological change was very much a learned behavior. In The Railway Journey, he examines the origins of industrialized consciousness by exploring the reactions to the many cultural and sociological changes brought about by the railroad.
Debra
Feb 22, 2015 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find nineteenth century social history ridiculously fascinating. Perhaps it's because we live at a time, similar to the nineteenth century industrial revolution, when technological change is suddenly fundamentally altering our understanding of the world we live in. Although written well before the current revolution in communications technology, Schivelbusch's study of how railways changed European and American consciousness is both quite readable and theoretically grounded. Using a few thinke ...more
Yi Jin
Feb 17, 2017 Yi Jin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Work!
J.M. Hushour
When Wolfie sticks to the nitty-gritty, the experience of industrialized travel and how it changed the way people felt and thought about space, time, and all that shit, this book is endlessly fascinating. The panorama, the way visual perception fields had to adapt, the standardization of time, the shift in how we conceive of the relationship between energy production and conveyance--examinations of all these are the core of the book. Wolfie gets a little happy with his discussion of the new trau ...more
Arlie
Oct 07, 2013 Arlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book about trains and the way they changed 19th century European and American riders' perceptions of landscapes, accidents, and the self within this new greater railway system context. The railroad both shrank space by speeding the time it took to get there, while also enlarging space by making new places/countries accessible to people other than the super-rich. It separated riders from nature, from the experience of localities and independent vignettes (replaced by the new continuous pano ...more
James
Oct 19, 2007 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 19th cent history buffs, train fanatics
I thought this was rather bland, but insightful. I just could not latch onto the topic. The concept of train travel and the idea of the rail station as a portal to another place were really cool, but most of it was just not that accessible to me. The author is trying to tell me about how big a change horse and carriage to trains was, but trains are obsolete to me, too. Maybe I needed more grounding in today and more links to the subject matter. Perhaps the idea would have been clearer and more i ...more
Amanda
Oh, I loved this. With his usual deft handling and gift for synthesis, Schivelbusch tells a complex, engaging story. The more abstract sections (namely those on fatigue and shock) were a trifle harder to grasp than the rest of the text, but overall it is entirely readable. I particularly enjoyed the comparisons between European and American railways, his discussion of upholstery, and the last chapter - this last seems like a thematic diversion at first, but manages to pull together most of his m ...more
Matt
Jan 03, 2017 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look at how cultures project themselves onto technological advances. Also I enjoyed the idea of decimating space-time in travel and reducing it to an departure and an arrival. I wonder about a parallel universe in which travel never evolved: would the geographical intermingling with travelers and residents around the country cause a political shift toward centrism? Would our ideas normalize more from being exposed to each other more?
Dirk
May 23, 2015 Dirk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book by Schivelbusch that contains a number of surprising observations for those not that familiar with the history of railways and railway travel. He makes fascinating links between scholarly debates (Freud, Marx, Simmel and others) and contemporary development like industrialisation, urbanisation and capitalist economy (department store etc). I highly recommend this very interesting and entertaining book.
Tero Nauha
May 06, 2013 Tero Nauha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: research-2nd
I came accross this book kind of by accident, but it turned out to be very good read and very useful reference. Not only about railroads, but about the development of modern idea of trauma and accident.
Adryan Glasgow
Compulsively readable. An academic book, to be sure, with clear and careful arguments, but simply fascinating in scope. Plus, by comparing British, US, French and German cultural changes, he really shows just how culturally specific technology and it's impact are.
Raully
Jun 10, 2010 Raully rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Its been fifteen years since I first read this book - and it is still one of my favorites! I am strongly of the opinion that Schivelbusch should be as hallowed as George Mosse for European historians.
Josh
Jun 02, 2009 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read it on the train, and it changed my perception of how my perception has been changed by the vehicle. It furthers sheds light on the experience of transport. And I just want to walk and bicyle, but I'm getting on a plane tomorrow.
Sbussey
This is fascinating but dense as all get out. Not for the historical dilettante. I felt I could have gotten the gist in about half the space.
Ian
Dec 22, 2009 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An in-depth explanation of the impact that the industrial revolution and railroads had on society. It's very well researched and written although it is more of an academic book.
Pitta
Jun 20, 2010 Pitta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and informative for studying the Industrial Revolution
Mark
Feb 28, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Angel Rivera
I read this a couple of years ago for a grad sociology text. This is an amazing text that touches on a lot besides the railroads.
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