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The United States and Europe

David E. Nye

in American Illuminations: Urban Lighting, 1800-1920

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780262037419
eISBN:
9780262344784
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262037419.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

By 1900 there was great disparity between the lighting of American and European cities. The five leading American cities had more than three times the electrical illumination of Paris, London, or ... More


American Illuminations: Urban Lighting, 1800-1920

David E. Nye

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780262037419
eISBN:
9780262344784
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262037419.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Illuminations originated in Renaissance Italy and spread to all the courts of Europe more than a century before oil lamps provided the first street lighting. The transition to gas after 1800 and to ... More


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