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American Illuminations:: Urban Lighting, 1800-1920

Author: David E. Nye.

American Illuminations:: Urban Lighting, 1800-1920

Author: David E. Nye.

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Item #: D40429
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 296
Publication Date: 2018
Publisher: MIT
ISBN: 9780262037419
For Europeans, the use of fireworks, lamps, and special effects glorified the monarch, marked the birth of a prince, or celebrated military victory. Nineteenth-century Americans rejected such monarchial pomp and adapted spectacular lighting to their democratic, commercial culture. David Nye explains how they experimented with gas and electric light to create... More
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For Europeans, the use of fireworks, lamps, and special effects glorified the monarch, marked the birth of a prince, or celebrated military victory. Nineteenth-century Americans rejected such monarchial pomp and adapted spectacular lighting to their democratic, commercial culture. David Nye explains how they experimented with gas and electric light to create illuminated cityscapes far brighter and more dynamic than those of Europe, and how these illuminations became symbols of modernity, the conquest of nature, and—as poor and blighted areas disappeared into the shadows—social stratification.


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