Shaping the Day: A History of Timekeeping in England and Wales 1300-1800 (Paperback)
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Shaping the Day: A History of Timekeeping in England and Wales 1300-1800 (Paperback)

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Paperback 472 Pages / Published: 10/02/2011
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Timekeeping is an essential activity in the modern world and we take it for granted that our lives our shaped by the hours of the day. Yet what seems so ordinary today is actually the extraordinary outcome of centuries of technical innovation and circulation of ideas about time. Shaping the Day is a pathbreaking study of the practice of timekeeping in England and Wales between 1300 and 1800. Drawing on many unique historical sources, ranging from personal diaries to housekeeping manuals, Paul Glennie and Nigel Thrift illustrate how a particular kind of common sense about time came into being, and how it developed during this period. Many remarkable figures make their appearance, ranging from the well-known, such as Edmund Halley, Samuel Pepys, and John Harrison, who solved the problem of longitude, to less familiar characters, including sailors, gamblers, and burglars. Overturning many common perceptions of the past-for example, that clock time and the industrial revolution were intimately related-this unique historical study engages all readers interested in how 'telling the time' has come to dominate our way of life.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199605125
Number of pages: 472
Weight: 738 g
Dimensions: 231 x 160 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review from previous edition There is a great deal of interest in this book, and many thought-provoking questions posed ... a provocative new look at timekeeping. * Horological Journal *
[The authors'] approach is sophisticated and refreshing. * David Rooney, History Today *
[A] scrupulously researched...[and] impressive volume * Ian Pindar, The Guardian *
A rigorously researched, ambitiously conceived, and richly detailed study of the practice of timekeeping - its origins, dynamics, and impact - set in a broad social and cultural context...a stunning achievement, with major implications for our understanding of technological innovation and the role of timekeeping in early modern Britain. * A. Roger Ekirch, Journal of British Studies *
The book is full of thought-provoking evidence that will prove useful to historians and historical geographers pursuing a wide range of social and cultural enquiries...accessible and engagingly written. * Mark Brayshay, Journal of Historical Geography *
An obligatory read for historical geographers...historians, anthropologists, sociologists, and students of the humanities. We can summarize: stimulating and provocative? Indubitably, yes. Informative? Massively, both theoretically and in the empirical chapters. Timely? Not before time, not a moment too soon, on time...essential. * Dave A. Postles, H-Net Reviews *
This meaty and informative study fruitfully revises the existing history of timekeeping * Penelope J. Corfield, American Historical Review *
The great achievement of Glennie and Thrift's work is that it provides us with a much richer and fuller history of timekeeping in England and Wales from the late medieval period to the advent of 'modernity' than has hithero existed. * William Gallois, Nuncius *

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