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History of the Hour Clocks and Modern Temporal Orders

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ISBN-10: 0226155110

ISBN-13: 9780226155111

Edition: 1996

Authors: Gerhard Dohrn-van Rossum, Thomas Dunlap

List price: $37.50
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In this sweeping study of the organization of time, Dohrn-van Rossum offers fresh insight into the history of the mechanical clock and its influence on European society from the late Middle Ages to the industrial revolution. Detailing the clock's effects on social activity, he presents a vivid picture of a society regulated by the precise measurement of identical hours. "In tracing the evolution of time consciousness with scholarship and skill . . . Dohrn-van Rossum evokes the many ways that the small moments of life have come to be reckoned with the passage of time."--Dava Sobel, Civilization "Dohrn-van Rossum paints a highly nuanced picture of time's conquest of modern life."--Steven Lagerfeld, Wilson Quarterly "This book is definitive in showing the clock's pervasive influence over European society."--Virginia Quarterly Review "[A] delightful, excellently translated history."--Choice "Dohrn-van Rossum has produced a persuasive and brilliantly documented new understanding of how modern time-consciousness arose."--Owen Gingerich, Nature
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Book details

List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/8/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 463
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

List of Figures
Introduction
The Division of the Day and Time-Keeping in Antiquity
The Medieval Hours (Hora)
Medieval Horologia and the Development of the Wheeled Clock
From Prestige Object to Urban Accessory: the Diffusion of Public Clocks in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries
Late Medieval Clockmakers
Clock Time Signal, Communal Bell, and Municipal Signal Systems
The Ordering of Time: The Introduction of Modern Hour-Reckoning
Work Time and Hourly Wage
Coordination and Acceleration: Time-Keeping and Transportation and Communications up to the Introduction of "World Time"
Conventions
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index