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Helen Pfeifer: Ottoman Nights, 15 December 2022

As Night Falls: 18th-Century Ottoman Cities after Dark 
by Avner Wishnitzer.
Cambridge, 376 pp., £29.99, July 2021, 978 1 108 83214 4
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... emit less light than a single 60-watt bulb. That all this darkness mattered is the argument of Avner Wishnitzer’s recent book, the first devoted to the Ottoman night before the era of gas lighting. Ottoman nights weren’t just a darker version of the day. Rather, darkness transformed society.For many inhabitants of 18th-century Istanbul (the focus ...

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