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Making time : astronomical time measurement in Tokugawa Japan

Author: Yulia Frumer
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018.
Series: Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What is time made of? We might balk at such a question, and reply that time is not made of anything-it is an abstract and universal phenomenon. In 'Making Time,' Yulia Frumer upends this assumption, using changes in the conceptualization of time in Japan to show that humans perceive time as constructed and concrete. In the mid-16th century, when the first mechanical clocks arrived in Japan from Europe, the Japanese  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Frumer, Yulia.
Making time.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017015017
(OCoLC)987070550
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Yulia Frumer
ISBN: 9780226524719 022652471X
OCLC Number: 1017098869
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Variable hours in a changing society --
Towers, pillows, and graphs: variation in clock design --
Astronomical time measurement and changing conceptions of time --
Geodesy, cartography, and time measurement --
Navigation and global time --
Time measurement on the ground in Kaga domain --
Clock-makers at the crossroads --
Western time and the rhetoric of enlightenment.
Series Title: Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.
Responsibility: Yulia Frumer.

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Before Western clocks came to Japan, hours shifted in length with the length of the day through the seasons; this book looks at how standard hours arrived and how Japanese life adapted to them.  Read more...

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