50th out of 61 books — 33 voters
The Railway Journey: The Industrialization and Perception of Time and Space
"Delving into urban planning, psychology, architecture, and economics, as well as the history of technology, Schivelbusch paints a revealing portrait of the role of the railroad in shaping the 19th-century mind."
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 6th 1987 by University of California Press
(first published 1977)
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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
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
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
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
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
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.