Railway Journey The Industrialization of Time and Space in the 19th Century SC

Railway Journey The Industrialization of Time and Space in the 19th Century SC

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Railway Journey The Industrialization of Time and Space in the 19th Century SC
Railway Journey The Industrialization of Time and Space in the 19th Century SC
By Wolfgang Schivelbusch
Soft Cover
New Edition 1986 University of California
203 Pages
The impact of constant technological change upon our perception of the world is so pervasive as to have become a commonplace of modern society. Yet, this was not always the case; as Wolfgang Schivelbusch points out in this pioneering study, our adaptation to technological change - the development of our modern, industrialized consciousness - was very much a learned behavior. In The Railway Journey, Schivelbusch examines the origins of this industrialized consciousness by exploring the reaction in the nineteenth century to the first dramatic avatar of technological change, the railroad.
In a highly original and engaging fashion, Schivelbusch discusses the ways in which our perceptions of distance, time, autonomy, speed and risk were altered by railway travel. As a history, not of technology, but of the surprising ways in which technology and culture interact, The Railway Journey covers a wide and fascinating range of topics, including the changing perception of landscapes, the death of conversation while traveling, the problematic nature of the railway compartment, the space of glass architecture, the pathology of the railway journey, industrial fatigue and the history of shock, and the railroad and the city. A whole chapter is devoted to the peculiar aspects of the American railroad.
Belonging to a distinguished European tradition of critical sociology best exemplified by the work of Georg Simmel and Walter Benjamin, The Railway Journey is full of striking insights about railway travel, the industrial revolution and technological change. At the same time it is anchored in rich empirical data, much of it derived from American sources. Moreover, it is fun to read. Invaluable for students of nineteenth-century culture and technology, it will also appeal to transportation specialists and railroad buffs.

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