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Author Shaw, Matthew John, 1974-
Title Time and the French Revolution : the Republican calendar, 1789-year XIV / Matthew Shaw
Imprint Woodbridge, UK ; Rochester, NY : Royal Historical Society/Boydell Press, 2011
book jacket
1 copy under consideration for Fu Ssu-Nien Library.
Descript xiii, 189 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Series Studies in history. New series, 0269-2244
Royal Historical Society studies in history. New series
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-182) and index
"The French Republican Calendar was perhaps the boldest of all the reforms undertaken in Revolutionary France. Introduced in 1793 and used until 1806, the Calendar not only reformed the weeks and months of the year, but decimalised the hours of the day and dated the year from the beginning of the French Republic. This book not only provides a history of the calendar, but places it in the context of eighteenth-century time-consciousness, arguing that the French were adept at working within several systems of time-keeping, whether that of the Church, civil society, or the rhythms of the seasons. Developments in time-keeping technology and changes in working patterns challenged early-modern temporalities, and the new calendar can also be viewed as a step on the path toward a more modern conception of time. In this context, the creation of the calendar is viewed not just as an aspect of the broader republican programme of social, political and cultural reform, but as a reflection of a broader interest in time and the culmination of several generations' concern with how society should be policed."--Publisher's description
Writing the History of the Republican Calendar -- Time and History -- The French Republican Calendar, 1793-1806 : a Narrative Account -- Cultivating the Calendar : the Calendar and Republican Culture in the Year II -- The Clash with Religion -- Work and Rest -- Republican Hours -- Conclusion : the Legacy of the Republican Calendar -- Appendix 1: Timeline of Key Events, 1788-1806 -- Appendix 2: The Republican Calendar: a Glossary -- Appendix 3: Names of the Days of the Republican Year -- Appendix 4: Concordance for the Gregorian and Republican Calendars
Subject Calendar, Republican
Calendar, Republican -- History
Time measurements -- History
France -- Intellectual life -- 18th century
France -- Intellectual life -- 19th century
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