Editorial Reviews. Review. Because it made possible rapid movement and In The Railway Journey, Schivelbusch examines the origins of this. The Railway Journey: The Industrialization of Time and Space in the Nineteenth Century. Wolfgang Schivelbusch. Copyright Date: Edition: 1. Published. Schivelbusch, Wolfgang. The Railway Journey: The Industrialization of Time and Space in the Nineteenth Century (1). Berkeley, US: University of California.

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The Draining of the Fens: It may presume also the certainty that the train will safely arrive at its destination at the scheduled time. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The rail-network is both a crucial part of the physical infrastructure of the country and of the mind. Anyhow read this read, I recommend it, tenderly, with amusement, with a violent pop of fizzing ideas and inter-linkages, literature, architecture, politics Wolfie gets a little happy with his discussion of the new traumas, physical and psychological associated with the new technology of movement, and strays into weird territory, invoking Marx and Freud in what one could only describe as some sort of commisexual comedy of terrors.

There’s a lot of things about modern life that I take for granted–upholstered furniture, say, or reading on the subway–and it was interesting to see that these are constructed phenomenon, and to trace that construction back to its origins via primary sources.

I felt I could have gotten the gist in about half the space.

The Railway Journey – by Wolfgang Schivelbusch

All in all, this is a tale of how people’s ways of moving through and apprehending the world were changed by the advent of a new technological situation.

Violaine RousselRepresenting Talent. Foreword by alan trachtenberg. Speed did not cause the landscape to disappear but instead put it in motion and made it attractive.


The Railway Journey is full of compelling insights and, despite being published in is still relevant and poignant today. This is fascinating but dense as all get out. Gender and the Politics of Anti-Semitism. Oh, I loved this. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

The Railway Journey

The railway, with its speed and directedness of movement, put an end to such an intense experience. Now updated with a new preface, The Railway Journey is an invaluable resource for readers interested in nineteenth-century culture and technology and the prehistory of modern media and digitalization.

Clearly, if you’re looking for sxhivelbusch, this is a big shortcoming. An academic book, to be sure, with clear and careful arguments, but simply fascinating in scope.

The Railway Journey: The Industrialization and Perception of Time and Space

When Wolfie sticks to the nitty-gritty, schivelbudch experience of industrialized travel rilway how it changed the way people felt and thought about space, time, and all that shit, this book is endlessly fascinating.

Zur Industrialisierung von Raum und Zeit im Want to Read saving…. This transport studies classic examines the contingent origins of the railway as a symbol of industrial life in Europe, highlighting the co-evolving relationship between the technology and the cultural, economic and spatial contexts in which it was invented and developed. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Jun 20, Pitta rated it it was amazing Shelves: The notion of the railway journey conjures up an image of movement joourney of transit between places, an existence in space but, save for the carriage, lacking a definable place.

The panorama, the way visual perception fields had to adapt, the standardization of time, the shift in how we conceive of the relationship between energy production and conveyance–examinations of echivelbusch these are the core of the book. But this wasn’t always the case; as Schivelbusch points out, our adaptation to technological change was very much a learned behavior.


I liked this best when it was focused on, well, railroads, and least when it shifted to being a general Marxist critique of industrialization.

Reading would have been unthinkable within the stagecoach whose design encouraged travelers to engage in intense conversation. Schivelbusch also makes a fascinating comparison between the change in perspective from a stagecoach to a train, and how this relates to the panorama, development of photography and schivrlbusch, the department store. Not only about railroads, but about the development of modern idea of trauma and accident.

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Looking at the origins of the railway journey The Railway Journey examines this co-evolution. You come in through an imposing entrance to a different kind of space, open, enclosed, industrial, are buffeted as you watch the departure board, there is a book shop concession, platforms. Long enough for others to have drawn from it and for its messages to have passed through many stations. Connnexion on 9th of NovemberURL: It provided a high degree of flexibility in terms of destination — as long as one had the money, one could travel to almost any place connected to a road network — and routes were operated by different companies in a regime of open competition.


Schivelbusch makes it clear that this is nothing new. The author is trying to tell me about how big a change horse and carriage to trains was, but trains are obsolete to me, too. Please answer the question. I read this a couple of years ago for a grad sociology text.