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  • ISBN: 9780271013497
  • ISBN10: 0271013494

Cities of Light and Heat: Domesticating Gas and Electricity in Urban America

by Rose, Mark H. A

  • List Price: $52.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
  • Publish date: 05/01/1995
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Cities of Light and Heat takes us to Kansas City and Denver during the late nineteenth century when gas and electricity were introduced to these "instant cities" of the West. With rich detail, Mark Rose shows how the new technology spread during the next century from a few streets and businesses within the city limits to countless private homes in the suburbs. Although in hindsight the spread of modern technology might seem inevitable to us, Rose shows how even the leaders of the nation's great gas and electric corporations with their vast production and distribution facilities were subject to geography, competing ideologies, urban politics, and even the choices of ordinary consumers. Rose thus locates the driving force behind the diffusion of technology in the neighborhoods, kitchens, and offices of the city. Cities of Light and Heat shows the importance of culture, politics, and urban growth in shaping technological change in the cities of North America.
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ISBN 0271013494. Compares rise of public utilities in Kansas City, Missouri &