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

Paul Glennie and Nigel Thrift


Timekeeping is an essential activity in the modern world, and we take it for granted that our lives are shaped by the hours of the day. This book is a study of the practice of timekeeping in England and Wales between 1300 and 1800 and how it was brought about by centuries of technical innovation and circulation of ideas about time. The authors illustrate how a particular kind of common sense about time came into being, and how it developed during this period. The study cites famous figures like John Harrison, who solved the problem of longitude, and less familiar characters like sailors, gambl ... More

Keywords: timekeeping, hours, day, technical innovation, ideas, time, common sense, longitude

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199278206
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278206.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Glennie, author
School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol

Nigel Thrift, author
Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick
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