The Calendar: History, Lore, and Legend (Discoveries Series)

The Calendar: History, Lore, and Legend (Discoveries Series)

by Jacqueline de Bourgoing, Jacqueline De Bourgoing, Jaqueline de Bourgoing
     
 
Bourgoing (geography, Institute of Political Studies, Paris) provides a history of the calendar, or calendars, really, as she gives full play to the arbitrary nature of counting time and its many variations the world over. The small-format book is filled with color photos, each with a long caption.

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Bourgoing (geography, Institute of Political Studies, Paris) provides a history of the calendar, or calendars, really, as she gives full play to the arbitrary nature of counting time and its many variations the world over. The small-format book is filled with color photos, each with a long caption.

Annotation © Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Children's Literature
The evolution of our system for marking time spans a huge period of time. Ancient societies created calendars as a way to organize their lives; they found that there was the need for some kind of framework that allows the coordination of human activities. Astronomical cycles were the basis for these early calendars. Different calendars express the needs and values of diverse communities, making differentiations between work days, holidays, and days of religious significance. The history of calendars is explained in great detail throughout this nonfiction book. The various ways of marking time include sundials, festivals at certain phases of the lunar cycle, complex engravings on stone tablets, and clocks. One chapter is devoted to the controversial debate about creating a universal calendar. This is a very complete presentation of a complex topic, suitable as a reference book for high school level students. A great deal of background knowledge in history is required to understand the text. Beautiful photographs of museum pieces from far back in time as well as modern means for marking time are included on every page. 2000, Harry N Abrams,
— Carol Lynch

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810929814
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/1901
Series:
Discoveries Series
Pages:
159
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.35(d)

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