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Lichtblicke: Zur Geschichte der künstlichen Helligkeit im 19. Jahrhundert

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Die Geschichte der künstlichen Helligkeit ist von einem einzigartigen Optimismus geprägt: Man wollte die Nacht zum Tage machen. Der renommierte Kulturhistoriker Schivelbusch beschreibt die technische und ökonomische Geschichte ebenso wie die Folgen: die Veränderung der Wahrnehmung, die Straßenlaterne als Mittel polizeilicher Überwachung, das neue Nachtleben in Salons und T ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published April 28th 2004 by Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag (first published 1983)
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Debra
Mar 07, 2015 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always taken electric light for granted, and imagined life before industrially produced electricity as kind of how it's portrayed in the movies, where things are just, you know, a bit dim at night. But what I learned from Schivelbusch's surprisingly entertaining book (ok, who really thinks a 74 page chapter about the development of various types of lamps is going to be a page turner?), is that the night before electricity, and more so before gas lighting, was a deeply dark, and frequently ...more
Данило Судин
Ця стара-нова ("стара", бо вперше опублікована 1983 р., а "нова", бо в Україні видана 2014 р.) робота Шивельбуша спершу не вражає: автор розпочинає історію з розповіді про те, як газове освітлення витіснило гасове та свічки, а потім як електричне освітлення витіснило газове. Багато технічних деталей, імен інженерів... Все це створювало враження, що читаєш текст звичайної історії техніки.

Втім, вже починаючи з 2-го розділу автор раптом змінює свій погляд на матеріал: подавши технічну базу освітлен
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Eric
May 08, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome. I want to remove most of the lights out of my house and return to candles and oil lamps.
MikeD
Mar 30, 2016 MikeD rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, europe
Not particularly gripping, but, at times, interesting.

One part I found interesting was the concept of smashing of lanterns as a rebellious act.
shawn
Sep 17, 2008 shawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very interesting book using the history of illumination to put forth an adaptive sociology of light-awareness. Poses and answers this basic question: How have the changes and technological advances in our artificial sources of public and household lighting affected our societies, individual psyches, and understanding of ourselves and our place in the world? Compelling material, to be sure. Great exploration of a fairly obscure premise. (Also incidentally provides the underpinnings of the narrati ...more
Robert
Oct 01, 2007 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
We take electric light for granted... yet most people who lived at the turn of the 20th Century agree that electric lighting was the most revolutionary change they witnessed. Never before in human history could people work, play, love, laugh so long after the sun went down as though it were day. This fascinating book explores how cultural mores and social interaction changed with the development of lighting from Medieval times to present.
Nina
Oct 13, 2009 Nina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book explores a niche in the sociological history - the effect the technological and industrial development of light had on the common cultural and psychological understandings of society.

Quite obscure but interesting and theoretically sound and filled with new information - for me, at least.
Drew
Jul 21, 2008 Drew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never thought the history of lighting could be interesting at all. But this book really was. care to know why arc lights never gained in popularity? how about why electricity is distributed as it is?
Christina
Aug 25, 2007 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lead up to how Motel 6 got its catch phrase, "We'll leave the light on for ya." Or, a "Land Before Al Gore started pushing you those squiggly looking light bulbs down your throat."
Katie Jones
Mar 28, 2011 Katie Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting book that explains how the industrialization of light changed the course of history...starting with the French Revolution.
Beth
Feb 08, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-school, 2011
Interesting look at the ways in which lighting technology is directly tied to industrialization and modernity.
Walid
Nov 20, 2007 Walid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
enlightening! (what a fucking silly pun to make... arrrgh!!!)
Amanda
Nov 29, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If anything, this book could be twice as long :o)
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