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Draw the Lightning Down: Benjamin Franklin and Electrical Technology in the Age of Enlightenment

Michael Brian Schiffer

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520238022
eISBN:
9780520939851
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238022.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Most of us have heard that Benjamin Franklin conducted some kind of electrical experiment with a kite. What few of us realize is that he played a major role in laying the foundations of modern ... More


Portraits of Modernity: Fashioning Selves in Dakarois Popular Photography

Hudita Nura Mustafa

in Images and Empires: Visuality in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520229488
eISBN:
9780520927292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520229488.003.0007
Subject:
History, World Modern History

This chapter examines the creation and distribution of popular photographic portraiture in Dakar. It shows how bodies and selves, once subjugated within a colonial imaginary, have been reclaimed and ... More


Political Economy: The Desire and Needs of Present and Future Generations

Sylvana Tomaselli

in Inventing Human Science: Eighteenth-Century Domains

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520200104
eISBN:
9780520916227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520200104.003.0010
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

We are rich in knowledge of the history of political economy. However, this chapter asks: Have we the history of an invention? Have we the history of two inventions, of two epistemic watersheds? The ... More


La Grande Boucle: Cycling, Progress, and Modernity

Christopher S. Thompson

in The Tour de France: A Cultural History

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520256309
eISBN:
9780520934863
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520256309.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter discusses the convergence of inventions, institutions, interest groups, and motivations that led to the birth of cycling in the late nineteenth century, setting the stage for the Tour de ... More


Traditions of Invention

Heather Paxson

in The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780520270176
eISBN:
9780520954021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520270176.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

“Traditions of Invention” retraces the history of cheesemaking in the United States to argue that continuities in fabrication methods between factory and farmstead creameries are obscured by changes ... More


Mozart at Play

Karol Berger

in Bach's Cycle, Mozart's Arrow: An Essay on the Origins of Musical Modernity

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520250918
eISBN:
9780520933699
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520250918.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter starts with Mozart's instrumental music. At some point between the early and late eighteenth century, between Bach and Mozart, musical form became primarily temporal, and the center of ... More


The Nation and Its Fragments: Essay on “Briefwechsel über Ossian und die Lieder alter Völker” (1773)

Philip V. Bohlman

in Song Loves the Masses: Herder on Music and Nationalism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520234949
eISBN:
9780520966444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520234949.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

The first use of the word and concept, Volkslied (folk song), appears in Herder’s 1773 essay on the Ossian controversy, published in an influential volume of essays containing his own reflections the ... More


Introduction: inventing moroccan islam

Edmund Burke

in The Ethnographic State: France and the Invention of Moroccan Islam

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780520273818
eISBN:
9780520957992
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520273818.003.0001
Subject:
History, Middle East History

The introduction provides an overview of the scope and aims of the book. It begins by noting that the Moroccan colonial archive was the collective product of a generation of French scholars and ... More


The Scientific Invention of the Red Sea

Alexis Wick

in Red Sea: In Search of Lost Space

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520285910
eISBN:
9780520961265
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520285910.003.0004
Subject:
History, Middle East History

This chapter examines the creation of the Red Sea as an object of knowledge and power through war, trade, and science. It looks at the dramatic expansion of European (and mainly British) military ... More


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