In this book, Peter Stearns presents the fascinating concept of time through a global historical lens. Covering both calendrical time and clock time, the volume shows how significant changes in conceptions of time are in world history, as they translate many key historical developments from religion to industrialization, into daily experience.
The book explores why and how early societies became interested in measuring time, as well as explaining the causes and ongoing consequences of the modern sense of time. The author compares different societies and cultures in their attitudes and approaches to time and describes the role of globalization in its development. The volume offers many examples and illustrations to aid readers in their understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of various constructions of time, both in the past and among different groups of people today.
Time in World History will be of interest to students of world history and sociology, introducing readers to historical forces that continue to shape their lives quite directly.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction: Time and History; Chapter 2: Why Time? The Experience of Early Societies; Chapter 3: Time Amid the Classical Civilizations and World Religions; Chapter 4: The Rise of the Clock, 1400-1800; Chapter 5: Imposing the Clock: Uses of Time in Industrial Society, 1800-1920; Chapter 6: Time in the World During the Long 19th Century; Chapter 7: Time in the Past Century; Chapter 8: Conclusion
Peter N. Stearns is Professor of History at George Mason University. He has written widely on issues in world history and regularly teaches courses on various facets of globalization.