At Day's Close: Night in Times Past

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2005 - History - 447 pages
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A portrait of how people lived in the pre-industrial age describes how a lack of electric lighting separated daytime and evening into more contrasting worlds, explaining how superstition, work, fire, crime, religion, slavery, and other factors were different before the advent of electric lighting. 15,000 first printing.
 

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AT DAY'S CLOSE: Nights in Times Past

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Before the Industrial Revolution, the daily departure of the sun had effects on people far different from those we experience in our own brightly illuminated age. Why? A first-time author explains ... Read full review

Contents

Heavens and Earth
7
Plunder Violence and Fire
31
PRELUDE
59
Domestic Fortifications
90
Navigating the Nightscape
118
PRELUDE
149
Labor
155
Sociability Sex
185
Plebeians
227
PRELUDE
261
Disturbances
285
Rhythms and Revelations
300
COCKCROW
324
Notes
341
Index
415
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Princes and Peers
210

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About the author (2005)

A. Roger Ekrich is a professor of history at Virginia Tech.

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