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Revolutions in the Times: Clocks and the Temporal Structures of Everyday Life

Paul Glennie and Nigel Thrift

in Geography and Revolution

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780226487335
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226487359 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226487359.003.0007
Revolutions in the Times: Clocks and the Temporal Structures of Everyday Life

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This chapter aims to provide an account of the “revolutions” that took place in the practices of clock time in England between 1300 and 1800. However, in order to account for why and how these practices changed and why these changes constituted a revolution requires a certain amount of preliminary ground clearing. The chapter wants to consider revolutions in time as they played out between 1300 and circa 1800. It wants to retain the notion of revolutions in time but, as is now hopefully clear, the revolutions that are being described are not only out of synch with conventional accounts but may often seem glacial, at least when compared with some of many other revolutions.

Keywords: clock time; revolutions; temporal structure; modern England; everyday life

Chapter.  14548 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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