Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 March 2009

304 Pages | 21 halftones

234 x 156 mm

ISBN: 9780199544707

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The Shadow of Enlightenment

Optical and Political Transparency in France 1789-1848

Theresa Levitt

  • First book to connect the "optical revolution", long recognized as a crucial moment in the development of physics by historians of science, to mainstream French history.
  • Incorporates the physical sciences into the debates over representation that have been at the center of the field of French History.
  • Focusses on the physical act of trying to render the world visible, rather than treating issues of visibility and visuality as abstractions or metaphor.