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Measuring Time, Making History
The Natalie Zemon Davis Annual Lecture Series, vol. 1.

Lynn Hunt, Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History at UCLA

Time is the crucial ingredient in history, and yet historians rarely talk about time as such. These essays offer new insight into the development of modern conceptions of time, from the Christian dating system (BC/AD or BCE/CE) to the idea of “modernity” as a new epoch in human history.

Are the Gregorian calendar, world standard time, and modernity itself simply impositions of Western superiority? How did the idea of stages of history culminating in the modern period arise? Is time really accelerating? Can we—should we—try to move to a new chronological framework, one that reaches back to the origins of humans and forward away or beyond modernity? These questions go to the heart of what history means for us today. Time is now on the agenda.


Preface and Acknowledgement; Chapter 1: Is Time Historical?; Chapter 2: Modernity and History; Chapter 3: Post Times or the Future of the Past; Index

144 pages
130x200 mm (5.1" x 7.9")
ISSN 1996-1197 The Natalie Zemon Davis Annual Lecture Series Vol.1
ISBN 978-963-9776-14-2 paperback $16.95 / €12.95 / £11.99

Other volumes in the The Natalie Zemon Davis Annual Lecture Series

Vol.2. Emotion and Devotion - The Meaning of Mary in Medieval Religious Cultures
Vol.3. Friendship and Love, Ethics and Politics - Studies in Mediaeval and Early Modern History
Vol.4 Emotions in History - Lost and Found
Vol.5.Divine Presence in Spain and Western Europe 1500-1960 - Visions, Religious Images and Photographs