Electric Light & Power

Arapostathis, Stathis. "Consulting Engineers in the British Electric Light and Power Industry, c. 1880–1914." Ph.D. diss., University of Oxford, 2006.

_____. “Dynamos, Tests, and Consulting in the Career of John Hopkinson in the 1880s.” Annales Historiques de l’Électricité 1 (2007): 8–31.

_____. “Electrical Technoscience and Physics in Transition, 1880–1920.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 44 (2013): 202–11.

_____. “Morality, Locality and ‘Standardization’in the Work of British Consulting Electrical Engineers, 1880–1914.” History of Technology 28 (2016): 53–74.

Arapostathis, Stathis, and Graeme Gooday. Patently Contestable: Electrical Technologies and Inventor Identities on Trial in Britain. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2013.

Bright, Arthur Aaron. The Electric-lamp Industry: Technological Change and Economic Development from 1800 to 1947. New York, Macmillan Co., 1949.

Brittain, James E. “The International Diffusion of Electrical Power Technology, 1870–1920.” Journal of Economic History 34:1 (1974): 108–21.

Brox, Jane. Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.

Carlat, Louis, and Daniel Weeks. “‘New and Untried Hands’: Thomas Edison’s Electrification of Pennsylvania Towns, 1883–85.” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 139 (2015): 293–321.

Carlson, W. Bernard. "Alternating Current Comes to America: Edison, Thomson, and Tesla." In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Galileo Ferraris and the Conversion of Energy: Developments of Electrical Engineering over a Century. Turin: Istituto Elettrotecnico Nazionale Galileo Ferraris, 2000, pp. 143–78.

_____.  "Competition and Consolidation in the Electrical Manufacturing Industry." In William Aspray, ed. Technological Competitiveness: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives on the Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Industries. Piscataway, N.J.: IEEE Press, 1993, pp. 287–311.

Carlson, W. Bernard, and A. J. Millard. "Defining Risk within a Business Context: Thomas A. Edison, Elihu Thomson, and the A.C.–D.C. Controversy, 1885–1900." In B. B. Johnson and V. T. Covello, eds., The Social and Cultural Construction of Risk. Boston: Reidel Publishing Co., 1987, pp. 275–93.

Cunningham, Joseph J. “STARS: Manhattan Electric Power Distribution, 1881–1901.” Proceedings of the IEEE 103:5 (2015): 850–58.

David, Paul A. "The Hero and the Herd in Technological History: Reflections on Thomas Edison and the Battle of the Systems." In Patrice Higgonet, et al., eds. Technology, Growth, and Economic Development since the Industrial Revolution. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1991, pp. 72–119.

_____. 1992. "Heroes, Herds, and Hysteresis in Technological History: Thomas Edison and 'The Battle of the Systems' Reconsidered." Industrial and Corporate Change 1 (1992): 129–80.

Essig, Mark. Edison and the Electric Chair: A Story of Light and Death. New York: Walker & Co., 2003.

Fox, Robert. “Thomas Edison's Parisian Campaign: Incandescent Lighting and the Hidden Face of Technology Transfer.” Annals of Science 53 (1996): 157–193.

Freeberg, Ernest. The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America. New York: Penguin Press, 2013.

Goldfarb, Brent. “Diffusion of General-Purpose Technologies: Understanding Patterns of the Electrification of U.S. Manufacturing 1880–1930.” Industrial and Corporate Change 14:5 (2005): 745–73.

Gooday, Graeme. Domesticating Electricity: Technology, Uncertainty and Gender, 1880–1914.  London: Pickering & Chatto, 2008.

Guagnini, Anna. “A Bold Leap into Electric Light: The Creation of the Società Italiana Edison, 1880–1886.” History of Technology 32 (2014): 155–190.

Hargadon, Andrew and Douglas Yellowlees. “When Innovations Meet Institutions: Edison and the Design of the Electric Light.” Administrative Science Quarterly 46:3 (2001): 476–501.

Hausman, William J., Peter Hertner, and Mira Wilkins. Global Electrification: Multinational Enterprise and International Finance in the History of Light and Power, 1878–2007. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 

Hausman, William J. and John L. Neufeld. “Battle of the Systems Revisited: The Role of Copper.” IEEE Technology and Society Magazine 11:3 (1992): 18–25.

Hellrigel, Mary Ann. "The Quest to Be Modern: The Adoption of Electric Light, Heat, and Power Technology in Small-Town America, 1883–1929." Ph.D. diss., Case Western Reserve University, 1997.

Hughes,Thomas Parke. “British Electrical Industry Lag: 1882–1888.” Technology and Culture 3:1 (1962): 27–44.

_____. "The Electrification of America: The System Builders," Technology and Culture 20 (1979): 124–61.

_____. "Harold P. Brown and the Executioner's Current: An Incident in the AC-DC Controversy." Business History Review 32 (1958): 143–65.

_____. Networks of Power: Electrification in Western Society, 1880–1930. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1983.

Hunt, Bruce J. Pursuing Power and Light: Technology and Physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.

Jonnes, Jill. Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World. New York: Random House, 2003.

Klein, Maury. The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern America. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2010. 

Kline, Ronald, and Thomas C. Lassman.  "Competing Research Traditions in American Industry: Uncertain Alliances between Engineering and Science at Westinghouse Electric, 1886–1935." Enterprise and Society 6 (2005): 601–45.

Marvin, Carolyn. "Dazzling the Multitude: Imagining the Electric Light as a Communications Medium." In Joseph Corn, ed.  Imagining Tomorrow: History, Technology, and the American Future. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1986, pp. 202–217.

McDonnel, J. W. “The Electric Light and the Future: American Perceptions and Expectations, 1879–1890.” M.A. thesis, University of Ottawa, 1997.

McGuire, Patrick. “Money and Power: Financiers and the Electric Manufacturing Industry, 1878–1896.” Social Science Quarterly 71:3 (1990): 510.

Millard, Andre. "Thomas Edison, the Battle of the Systems and the Persistence of Direct Current." Material History Bulletin 36 (1992): 18–28.

Moran, Richard. Executioner's Current: Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and the Invention of the Electric Chair. New York: Knopf, 2002. 

Nam, Moon-Hyon. “Early History of Korean Electric Light and Power Development.” In 2007 Conference on the History of Electric Power. Piscataway, N.J.: IEEE, 2007, pp. 192–200.

Nye, David E. American Illuminations: Urban Lighting, 1800–1920. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2019.

_____. Electrifying America: Social Meanings of a New Technology. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1991.

Otter, Chris. The Victorian Eye: A Political History of Light and Vision in Britain, 1800–1910. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Passer, Harold C. The Electrical Manufacturers, 1875–1900: A Study in Competition, Entrepreneurship, Technical Change, and Economic Growth. Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1953. 

Platt, Harold L. The Electric City: Energy and the Growth of the Chicago Area, 1880–1930. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991.

Reynolds, Terry, and Theodore Bernstein. "The Damnable Alternating Current." Proceedings of the IEEE 64 (1976): 1339–43.

_____. "Edison and the 'Chair.'" IEEE Technology and Society Magazine 8 (1989): 19–28.

Rosenberg, Robert. "Academic Physics and the Origins of Electrical Engineering in America." Ph.D. diss., Johns Hopkins University, 1990.

_____. "Test Men, Experts, Brother Engineers, and Members of the Fraternity: Whence the Early Electrical Work Force?” IEEE Transactions on Education, E-27:4 (1984): 203–10.

Schatzberg, Eric. "The Mechanization of Urban Transit in the United States." In William Aspray, ed. Technological Competitiveness: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives on the Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Industries. Piscataway, N.J.: IEEE Press, 1993, pp. 225–42.

Schivelbusch, Wolfgang. Disenchanted Night: The Industrialization of Light in the Nineteenth Century. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995.

Sullivan, Joseph P. “Fearing Electricity: Overhead Wire Panic in New York City.” IEEE Technology and Society Magazine 14:3 (1996): 8–16.

Usselman, Steven W. "From Novelty to Utility: George Westinghouse and the Business of Innovation During the Age of Edison." Business History Review 66 (1992): 251–304.

Vincenti, Walter G. “The Technical Shaping of Technology: Real-World Constraints and Technical Logic in Edison's Electrical Lighting System.” Social Studies of Science 25:3 (1995): 553–74.