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by Iwan Rhys Morus

eBook Shocking Bodies: Life, Death  Electricity in Victorian England ePub
Author: Iwan Rhys Morus
Language: English
ISBN: 0752458000
ISBN13: 978-0752458007
Publisher: The History Press (April 14, 2011)
Pages: 224
Category: Europe
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 892
Formats: docx txt mobi lit
ePub file: 1996 kb
Fb2 file: 1513 kb

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This book explores how the Victorians thought about electricity, and how they tried to use it to answer the fundamental questions about life and death.

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Shocking Bodies : Life, Death and Electricity in Victorian England.

In Shocking Bodies, Iwan Rhys Morus explores how the Victorians thought about electricity, and how . This is the story of how electricity emerged as a powerful new tool for making sense of our bodies and the world around us.

In Shocking Bodies, Iwan Rhys Morus explores how the Victorians thought about electricity, and how they tried to use its intimate and corporeal force to answer fundamental questions about life and death. Some even believed that electricity was life, which brought into question the existence of the soul, and of God, and provided arguments in favour of political radicalism. History Nonfiction.

life, death & electricity in Victorian England. Although electricity was known about by the ancient Egyptians, it was not until the Victorian era that its potential really began to be realised

life, death & electricity in Victorian England. Published 2011 by History Press in Stroud. Although electricity was known about by the ancient Egyptians, it was not until the Victorian era that its potential really began to be realised. Luigi Galvani's discovery of bioelectricity opened up a whole new world of possibilities, in which it could cure sickness, restore sexual potency and even raise the dead. Includes bibliographical references and index.

Iwan Rhys Morus Shocking Bodies. Life, Death & Electricity Ion Victorian England. For the Victorians, electricity was the science of spectacle and of wonder. It provided them with new ways of probing the nature of reality and understanding themselves. Price for Eshop: 349 Kč (€ 1. ). Availability: In stock, ships in 24 hours. Locations: U Lužického semináře 10, Malá Strana. Publisher: Trafalgar Square. This title explores how the Victorians thought about electricity, and how they tried to use its intimate and corporeal force to answer fundamental questions about life and death.

In Shocking Bodies, Iwan Rhys Morus explores how the Victorians thought about electricity, and . laying the book down, one probes it again in some other and less powerful idiom. Do you want to read the rest of this article? Request full-text.

Shocking Bodies: Life, Death & Electricity in Victorian England. Morus, Iwan, 'Bodily Disciplines and Disciplined Bodies: Instruments, Skills and Victorian Therapeutics', Social History of Medicine (2006) 19(2):241-259. Illuminating illusions, or, the Victorian art of seeing things.

From electric corsets to questioning the existence of God, the story of the profound effects electricity had upon the lives and the worldview of the Victorians
Nargas
I am a history graduate student, early in my masters, and this book has help guide my thesis development. It's very easy to read, as it is not overly wordy and is very interesting. The science is well explained, as far as you don't need a background in science to understand what the author is saying. This is an excellent beginner's book in the area of popular science in Victorian studies.
Browelali
I was looking for Frankenstein's Children when I found this. This author is great at writing about the history of science and electricity in the 19th century and having it be readable by not only historians but the common person.
Not-the-Same
When I at first saw this book's title, I assumed that the "bodies" were only dead ones. I was wrong. Focussing mainly on nineteenth century England, the author discusses not only the application of electricity to fresh human corpses and to various animal carcasses, but also on living humans. Indeed, he asserts, by later in the century electricity was widely accepted as medical treatment for certain disorders.

But the author discusses more than this. He delves into what was thought about the nature of electricity and its relation to life itself. Consequently, religious, theological and philosophical issues also form part of this fascinating book's contents.

The book is rather fleeting on in-depth technical descriptions of experiments and equipment. Also, it does not contain detailed diagrams illustrating how various electrical apparatus worked; thus there may not be much meat for the more technically-minded readers. Instead, the author focuses more on the impact electricity had on society and on what the thinking was at the time about it, i.e., what it was and what it could do - he does not comment on how correct/incorrect this thinking was.

The prose is clear, often lively, quite engaging and very accessible. This book should be especially of interest to those with a penchant for the history of technology and the effects of developing new technologies on society.
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