Measuring Time, Making History
The Natalie Zemon Davis Annual
Lecture Series, vol. 1.
Lynn Hunt, Eugen Weber Professor of
Modern European History at UCLA
Time is the crucial ingredient in history, and yet
historians rarely talk about time as such. These essays
offer new insight into the development of modern conceptions
of time, from the Christian dating system (BC/AD or
BCE/CE) to the idea of “modernity” as a
new epoch in human history.
Are the Gregorian calendar, world standard time, and
modernity itself simply impositions of Western superiority?
How did the idea of stages of history culminating in
the modern period arise? Is time really accelerating?
Can we—should we—try to move to a new chronological
framework, one that reaches back to the origins of humans
and forward away or beyond modernity? These questions
go to the heart of what history means for us today.
Time is now on the agenda.
Preface and Acknowledgement; Chapter 1:
Is Time Historical?; Chapter 2: Modernity
and History; Chapter 3: Post Times
or the Future of the Past; Index
130x200 mm (5.1" x 7.9")
ISSN 1996-1197 The Natalie Zemon Davis Annual Lecture
ISBN 978-963-9776-14-2 paperback $16.95 / €12.95
Other volumes in the The Natalie Zemon Davis Annual Lecture Series
Vol.2. Emotion and Devotion - The Meaning of Mary in Medieval Religious Cultures
Vol.3. Friendship and Love, Ethics and Politics - Studies in Mediaeval and Early Modern History
Vol.4 Emotions in History - Lost and Found
in Spain and Western Europe 1500-1960 -
Visions, Religious Images and Photographs