Clocks and Culture, 1300-1700

Clocks and Culture, 1300-1700

by Carlo M. Cipolla, Cipolla
     
 
How did a time-keeping device affect the growth of crafts guilds and the scientific research that led to the Industrial Revolution in Europe? Why were Chinese Mandarins enchanted by the intricate workings of clocks but uninterested in their time-keeping function? While European life quickly became regulated by the ticking of town clocks, Asia retained its seasonal

Overview

How did a time-keeping device affect the growth of crafts guilds and the scientific research that led to the Industrial Revolution in Europe? Why were Chinese Mandarins enchanted by the intricate workings of clocks but uninterested in their time-keeping function? While European life quickly became regulated by the ticking of town clocks, Asia retained its seasonal cycles of time and initially resisted the idea of living life by the clock. Clocks and Culture is a brief history of the changes wrought by and on Europe and Asia over four hundred years due to technological advances in time-keeping and the rise of a clock-centered culture.

In his new introduction, Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University, puts this classic book in perspective

Editorial Reviews

The Economist
“Cipolla has a sharp eye for the heaven in a grain of sand. He takes a prosaic piece of hardware and uses it as a path into some of the central themes of history.... Imaginative and wide-ranging.”
Times Literary Supplement
“The story is fascinating and is told with the author's customary enthusiasm and lucid scholarship.”
The Listener
“Brilliant.... Demonstrates the economic and technological development by which the continent thrust into the forefront of civilization.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393008661
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/13/1990
Series:
Norton Library Series
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
4.82(w) x 7.38(h) x 0.49(d)

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Meet the Author

Carlo M. Cipolla was the author of Before the Industrial Revolution and a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He died in 2000.

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