How the 18th Century Conquered Darkness

The Origins of Public Lighting in the Age of Enlightenment

August 7, 2016

The 18th century was not only the Age of Enlightenment. It was also the age when many cities conquered darkness by installing public lighting. Dartmouth historian Darrin McMahon says it's no accident that cities lit up at the same time as the Enlightenment values of rationality and progress flourished.