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The Age of Noise in Britain
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The Age of Noise in Britain: Hearing Modernity

James G. Mansell

Abstract

Early twentieth-century Britons thought that they were living in the “age of noise,” sensing the historical changes going on around them as a series of disturbing shifts in the sonic atmosphere. From motorcar engines and wireless loudspeakers to the terrifying interruptions of mechanized warfare, the feeling of living in topsy-turvy times arrived via the ear. Yet historians have not listened to the sounds of early twentieth-century Britain nor unravelled what it meant to live in an “age of noise”. This book turns a critical ear to the “ways of hearing” operating in Britain between 1914 and 194 ... More

Keywords: noise abatement, modernity, technology, sound, hearing, auditory culture, sonic warfare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040672
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040672.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James G. Mansell, author
The University of Nottingham

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