Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
×
Home

“NOTHING IS THE WAY IT SHOULD BE”: GLOBAL TRANSFORMATIONS OF THE TIME REGIME IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY

  • SEBASTIAN CONRAD (a1)
Extract

When European clocks first arrived in seventeenth-century Japan they generated a commotion. The highly complex but also very precise instruments had been brought to Nagasaki by the Dutch East India Company that monopolized the sparse and highly regulated trade between Japan and Europe for more than two centuries. As an expression of the technological sophistication achieved in early modern Europe, mechanical clocks were hi-tech products of their time. They operated with a spring to store the energy, and their making required highly developed skills in casting and metalwork. The new technology made it possible to emancipate the measurement of time from sunshine and to achieve an evenness of temporal rhythms, not only during the day, but also at night.

Copyright
Footnotes
Hide All

* For comments, criticism, and suggestions, I am especially grateful to Aleida Assmann, Frederick Cooper, Shruti Kapila, and Martin Mulsow. This work was supported by an Academy of Korean Studies (KSPS) Grant funded by the Korean Government (MOE) (AKS-2010-DZZ-3103).

Footnotes
References
Hide All

1 Sakai, Tsunoyama, Tokei no shakaishi (Tokyo, 1984); Taira, Sawada, Wadokei: Edo no haiteku gijutsu (Tokyo, 1996). For time keeping during the Tokugawa periods see also Frumer, Yulia, “Translating Time: Habits of Western-Style Timekeeping in Late Edo Japan,” Technology and Culture 55/4 (2014), 785820.

2 Yoshirō, Okada, Meiji kaireki: “Toki” no bunmei kaika (Tokyo, 1994); Tanaka, Stefan, New Times in Modern Japan (Princeton, 2004); Coulmas, Florian, Japanische Zeiten: Eine Ethnographie der Vergänglichkeit (Reinbek, 2000); Ikuko, Nishimoto, “The ‘Civilization’ of Time: Japan and the Adoption of the Western Time System,” Time and Society 6 (1997): 237–59; Sakae, Tsunoyama, Jikan kakumei (Tokyo, 1998).

3 Tanaka, New Times. See also Takehiko, Hashimoto and Shigehisa, Kuriyama, eds., Chikoku no tanjō: Kindai Nihon ni okeru jikan ishiki no keisei (Tokyo, 2001); Ikuko, Nishimoto, Jikan ishiki no kindai: “Toki wa kane nari” no shakaishi (Tokyo, 2006); Ryūichi, Narita, “Jikan no kindai: Kokumin kokka no jikan,” in Shinichi, Ōtsuka, ed., Kindai chi no seiritsu: Kindai Nihon no bunkashi, vol. 3 (Tokyo, 2002), 151. I borrow the term “metronomic society” from Young, Michael, The Metronomic Society: Natural Rhythms and Human Timetables (Cambridge, MA, 1988).

4 This is similar in spirit to Moyn, Samuel, “Imaginary Intellectual History,” in McMahon, Darrin M. and Moyn, Samuel, eds., Rethinking Modern European Intellectual History (Oxford, 2014), 112–30.

5 For recent stocktaking of the global-history approach see Bentley, Jerry H., ed., The Oxford Handbook of World History (Oxford, 2011); Northrop, Douglas, ed., A Companion to World History (Oxford, 2012); Conrad, Sebastian, Globalgeschichte: Eine Einführung (Munich, 2013); Hunt, Lynn, Writing History in the Global Era (New York, 2014); Olstein, Diego, Thinking History Globally (New York, 2014).

6 For various approaches that emphasize the role of connections see Espagne, Michel, “Sur les limites du comparatisme en histoire culturelle,” Genèses: Sciences sociales et histoire 17 (1994), 112–21; Werner, Michael and Zimmermann, Bénédicte, “Beyond Comparison: Histoire Croisée and the Challenge of Reflexivity,” History & Theory 45 (2006), 3050; Saunier, Pierre-Yves, Transnational History (Basingstoke, 2013); Subrahmanyam, Sanjay, “Connected Histories: Toward a Reconfiguration of Early Modern Eurasia,” in Lieberman, Victor B., ed., Beyond Binary Histories: Reimagining Eurasia to c.1830 (Ann Arbor, 1997), 289315.

7 Darwin, John, “Globe and Empire,” in Berg, Maxine, ed., Writing the History of the Global: Challenges for the 21st Century (Oxford, 2013), 197200, at 198.

8 For an approach to global history that privileges the concept of integration over the concern with connections see Conrad, Sebastian, What Is Global History? (Princeton, 2016), 62114.

9 Armitage, David, The Declaration of Independence: A Global History (Cambridge, MA, 2007), 103. For an early refutation of diffusionist approaches see Blaut, J. M., The Colonizer's Model of the World: Geographic Diffusionism and Eurocentric History (New York, 1993).

10 The most influential interpretations along such lines have been formulated in the context of postcolonial studies. See, for example, Cohn, Bernard, Colonialism and Its Forms of Knowledge (Princeton, 1996); Dirks, Nicholas, Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India (Princeton, 2001).

11 For recent advances in translation studies see Niranjana, Tejaswini, Siting Translation: History, Post-structuralism, and the Colonial Context (Berkeley, 1992); Liu, Lydia, Translingual Practice (Stanford, 1995); Cronin, Michael, Translation and Globalization (London, 2003); Bachmann-Medick, Doris, “The Translational Turn,” Translation Studies 2 (2009), 216.

12 For such standard interpretation see Landes, David, Revolution in Time: Clocks and the Making of the Modern World (Cambridge, MA, 1983). For a critical reading of the notion of “opening” see Konishi, Sho, “Reopening the ‘Opening of Japan’: A Russian–Japanese Revolutionary Encounter and the Vision of Anarchist Progress,” American Historical Review 112 (2007), 101–30.

13 Tanaka, New Times; Duara, Prasenjit, Rescuing History from the Nation: Questioning Narratives of Modern China (Chicago, 1995); Lal, Vinay, The History of History: Politics and Scholarship in Modern India (New Delhi, 2003); Nanni, Giordano, The Colonisation of Time: Ritual, Routine and Resistance in the British Empire (Manchester, 2012).

14 For recent assessments of the Meiji period see Hardacre, Helen and Kern, Adam Lewis, eds., New Directions in the Study of Meiji Japan (Leiden, 1997); Gordon, Andrew, A Modern History of Japan (Oxford, 2002); Sawada, Janine T., Practical Pursuits: Religion, Politics, and Personal Cultivation in Nineteenth-Century Japan (Honolulu, 2004); Reitan, Richard M., Making a Moral Society: Ethics and the State in Meiji Japan (Honolulu, 2009).

15 Such an approach draws on recent work in the global history of culture and ideas, such as Moyn, Samuel and Sartori, Andrew, “Approaches to Global Intellectual History,” in Moyn and Sartori, eds., Global Intellectual History (New York, 2013), 330. See also Karl, Rebecca E., Staging the World: Chinese Nationalism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (Durham, NC, 2002); Hill, Christopher L., National History and the World of Nations: Capital, State, and the Rhetoric of History in Japan, France, and the United States (Durham, NC, 2008); Sartori, Andrew, Bengal in Global Concept History: Culturalism in the Age of Capital (Chicago, 2008); Bose, Sugata and Manjapra, Kris, eds., Cosmopolitan Thought Zones: South Asia and the Global Circulation of Ideas (New York, 2010); Zimmerman, Andrew, Alabama in Africa: Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, and the Globalization of the New South (Princeton, 2010); Conrad, Sebastian, “Enlightenment in Global History: A Historiographical Critique,” American Historical Review 117 (2012), 9991027.

16 Osterhammel, Jürgen and Petersson, Niels P., “Ostasiens Jahrhundertwende: Unterwerfung und Erneuerung in west-östlichen Sichtweisen,” in Frevert, Ute, ed., Das Neue Jahrhundert: Europäische Zeitdiagnosen und Zukunftsentwürfe um 1900 (Göttingen, 2000), 265306. See also Hsiao, Kung-chuan, A Modern China and a New World: K'ang Yu-wei, Reformer and Utopian, 1858–1927 (Seattle, 1975).

17 On high modernity's obsession with time see Galison, Peter, Einstein's Clocks, Poincaré’s Maps: Empires of Time (New York, 2004). See also Osborne, Peter, The Politics of Time: Modernity and Avant-Garde (London, 1995).

18 For long-term histories of time see Aveni, Anthony, Empires of Time: Calendars, Clocks, and Cultures (New York, 1989); Gallois, William, Time, Religion and History (London, 2007). See also Hughes, D. Owen and Trautmann, Thomas R., eds., Time: Histories and Ethnologies (Ann Arbor, 1995); Zerubavel, Eviatar, Time Maps: Collective Memory and the Social Shape of the Past (Chicago, 2004); Wilcox, David, The Measure of Times Past: Pre-Newtonian Chronologies and the Rhetoric of Relative Time (Chicago, 1987); Huang, Chun-chieh and Zürcher, Erik, eds., Time and Space in Chinese Culture (Leiden, 1995); Stowasser, Barbara, Time Sticks: How Islam and Other Cultures Have Measured Time (Washington, DC, 2011); Blake, Stephen P., Time in Early Modern Islam: Calendar, Ceremony, and Chronology in the Safavid, Mughal, and Ottoman Empires (Cambridge, 2013).

19 Koselleck, Reinhart, Vergangene Zukunft: Zur Semantik geschichtlicher Zeiten (Frankfurt, 1979); Koselleck, Zeitschichten: Studien zur Historik (Frankfurt, 2000); Koselleck, The Practice of Conceptual History: Timing History, Spacing Concepts (Stanford, CA, 2002); Lorenz, Chris and Bevernage, Berber, eds., Breaking up Time: Negotiating the Borders between Present, Past and Future (Göttingen, 2013).

20 Hartog, François, Régimes d'historicité: Présentisme et expériences du temps (Paris, 2003); Assmann, Aleida, Ist die Zeit aus den Fugen? Aufstieg und Fall des Zeitregimes der Moderne (Munich, 2013), 281307.

21 Landes, Revolution in Time; Aveni, Empires of Time.

22 Kern, Stephen, The Culture of Time and Space 1880–1918 (Cambridge, MA, 1983), 1214; Schivelbusch, Wolfgang, Die Geschichte der Eisenbahnreise: Zur Industrialisierung von Raum und Zeit im 19. Jahrhundert (Frankfurt am Main, 1984); Presner, Todd S., Mobile Modernity: Germans, Jews, Trains (New York, 2007).

23 Cited in Kern, The Culture of Time and Space, 68. For the communication revolution that allowed a linking of public spheres see Hugill, Peter J., Global Communications since 1844: Geopolitics and Technology (Baltimore, 1999); Headrick, Daniel R., The Invisible Weapon: Telecommunications and International Politics, 1851–1945 (Oxford, 1991).

24 See, for example, Coulmas, Florian, Japanische Zeiten: Eine Ethnografie der Vergänglichkeit (Reinbek, 2000). On the history of the calendar see Steel, Duncan, Marking Time: The Epic Quest to Invent the Perfect Calendar (New York, 2000).

25 Quoted in Ogle, Vanessa, “Whose Time Is It? The Pluralization of Time and the Global Condition, 1870s–1940s,” American Historical Review 118 (2013), 13761402.

26 See Kern, The Culture of Time and Space, 10–14. The best book on these issues is Ogle, Vanessa, The Global Transformation of Time 1870–1950 (Cambridge, MA, 2015). See also Osterhammel, Jürgen, The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century (Princeton, 2014), 6776. Specifically on the introduction of worldwide standard time see also Howse, Derek, Greenwich Time and the Discovery of the Longitude (Oxford, 1980); Bartky, Ian R., One Time Fits All: The Campaigns for Global Uniformity (Stanford, 2007).

27 Rimbaud, Arthur, Une saison en enfer (Paris, 1999; first published 1973), 204.

28 Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, Werke in zwanzig Bänden, vol. 12, Vorlesungen über die Philosophie der Geschichte (Frankfurt, 1970; first published 1840), 134.

29 Fabian, Johannes, Time and the Other: How Anthropology Makes Its Object (New York, 1983).

30 Chakrabarty, Dipesh, Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (Princeton, 2000), 9.

31 Hourani, Albert, Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age, 1798–1939 (Cambridge, 1983); Kwong, Luke S. K., “The Rise of the Linear Perspective on History and Time in Late Qing China, c.1860–1911,” Past & Present 173 (2001), 157–90.

32 Quoted in Hourani, Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age, 79.

33 Quoted in Colla, Elliott, Conflicted Antiquities: Egyptology, Egyptomania, Egyptian Modernity (Durham, NC, 2007), 148.

34 Abu al-Su'ud, quoted in Colla, Conflicted Antiquities, 129. See also Shaw, Wendy M. K., Possessors and Possessed: Objects, Museums, and the Visualization of History in the Late Ottoman Empire (Berkeley, 2003).

35 See Rossi, Paolo, The Dark Abyss of Time: The History of the Earth and the History of Nations from Hooke to Vico (Chicago, 1984); Smail, Daniel Lord, “In the Grip of Sacred History,” American Historical Review 110 (2005), 1336–61.

36 See Rosenberg, Daniel and Grafton, Anthony, Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline (New York, 2010).

37 Quoted in Trautmann, Thomas R., “Indian Time, European Time,” in Trautmann, The Clash of Chronologies: Ancient India in the Modern World (New Delhi, 2009), 2552, at 32. On Mill see Majeed, Javed, Ungoverned Imaginings: James Mill's “The History of British India” and Orientalism (Oxford, 1992); Zastoupil, Lynn, John Stuart Mill and India (Stanford, 1994).

38 Trautmann, “Indian Time, European Time.”

39 See van Kley, Edwin, “Europe's ‘Discovery’ of China and the Writing of World History,” American Historical Review 76 (1971), 358–85.

40 Gould, Stephen Jay, Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle: Myth and Metaphor in the Discovery of Geological Time (Cambridge, MA, 1987); Rudwick, Martin J. S., Worlds before Adam: The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Reform (Chicago, 2008).

41 Cited in Nanni, The Colonisation of Time, 25. See also Comaroff, Jean, “Missionaries and Mechanical Clocks: An Essay on Religion and History in South Africa,” Journal of Religion 71 (1991), 117.

42 I discovered the woodblock print in Uhl, Christian, “Translation and Time: A Memento of the Curvature of the Poststructuralist Plane,” Frontiers of Literary Studies in China 6 (2012), 449–50; my reading of the print, too, follows Uhl's interpretation.

43 Spengler, Oswald, Der Untergang des Abendlandes: Umrisse einer Morphologie der Weltgeschichte (Munich, 1998), 175.

44 This term is used by Vinay Lal to refer to the arrival of “Western” historical thinking in South Asia. See Lal, Vinay, “Provincializing the West: World History from the Perspective of Indian History,” in Fuchs, Eckhardt and Stuchtey, Benedikt, eds., Writing World History 1800–2000 (Oxford, 2003), 271–89, at 289.

45 O'Malley, Michael, Keeping Watch: A History of American Time (New York, 1990), 4. I am grateful to Norbert Finzsch for directing me to this episode.

46 Quoted in Raychaudhuri, Tapan, Perceptions, Emotions, Sensibilities: Essays on India's Colonial and Post-colonial Experiences (New Delhi, 1999), 26.

47 von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang, Die Wahlverwandtschaften, in Werke, vol. 6, ed. Trunz, Erich (Munich, 1982), 270. For the English version see von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang, Elective Affinities (Boston, 1872), 37.

48 Quoted in Blix, Göran, “Charting the ‘Transitional Period’: The Emergence of Modern Time in the Nineteenth Century,” History and Theory 45 (2006), 5171, at 58–9.

49 For interpretations of simultaneous global integration and the production of difference in the nineteenth century see Geyer, Michael and Bright, Charles, “World History in a Global Age,” American Historical Review 100/4 (1995): 1034–60; Maier, Charles S., “Consigning the Twentieth Century to History: Alternative Narratives for the Modern Era,” American Historical Review 105 (2000), 807–31; Bayly, C. A., The Birth of the Modern World 1780–1914 (Oxford, 2004); Dirlik, Arif, Global Modernity: Modernity in the Age of Global Capitalism (Boulder, 2007); Osterhammel, Jürgen and Petersson, Niels P., Globalization: A Short History (Princeton, 2009); Osterhammel, The Transformation of the World; Rosenberg, Emily S., ed., A World Connecting, 1870–1945 (Cambridge, MA, 2012).

50 Green, Nile, “The Hajj as Its Own Undoing: Infrastructure and Integration on the Muslim Journey to Mecca,” Past & Present 226 (2015), 193226, at 221.

51 Green, Nile, “Spacetime and the Muslim Journey West: Industrial Communications in the Making of the ‘Muslim World’,” American Historical Review 118 (2013), 401–29. See also Adas, Michael, Machines as the Measure of Men: Science, Technology, and Ideologies of Western Dominance (Ithaca, 1989); Huber, Valeska, Channelling Mobilities: Migration and Globalisation in the Suez Canal Region and Beyond, 1869–1914 (Cambridge, 2013). On the notion of progress see, for example, Mardin, Serif, The Genesis of Young Ottoman Thought: A Study in the Modernization of Turkish Political Ideas (New York, 1962), 350–52; Wishnitzer, Avner, Reading Clocks, alla Turca: Time and Society in the Late Ottoman Empire (Chicago, 2015), 155–66.

52 For a historical perspective on such different logics see Le Goff, Jacques, “Merchant's Time and Church's Time in the Middle Ages,” in Le Goff, , Time, Work, and Culture in the Middle Ages (Chicago, 1980), 2942. For a contemporary example see Esposito, Elena, The Future of Futures: The Time of Money in Financing and Society (Cheltenham, 2011).

53 Biernacki, Richard, The Fabrication of Labor: Germany and Britain, 1640–1941 (Berkeley, 1995).

54 Marx, Karl, The Poverty of Philosophy (London, 1936), 47.

55 Postone, Moishe, Time, Labor, and Social Domination: A Reinterpretation of Marx's Critical Theory (Cambridge, 1996), 186260.

56 Shao, Qin, Culturing Modernity: The Nantong Model, 1890–1930 (Stanford, 2003). For the adoption of clocks and linearity see Kwong, “The Rise of the Linear Perspective.” For Soviet Russia see Hanson, Stephen, Time and Revolution: Marxism and the Design of Soviet Institutions (Chapel Hill, 1997).

57 Quoted in Schmidtpott, Katja, “Die Propagierung moderner Zeitdisziplin in Japan, 1906–1931,” in Geppert, Alexander C. T. and Kössler, Till, eds., Obsession der Gegenwart: Zeit im 20. Jahrhundert (Göttingen, 2015), 123–55. See also Yūko, Hirade, “‘Toki no kinenbi’ no setsuritsu,” Nihon rekishi 725 (2008), 6984. On the improvement campaigns see Garon, Sheldon, Molding Japanese Minds: The State in Everyday Life (Princeton, 1997); Ryūichi, Narita, “Kindai Nihon no ‘toki’ ishiki,” in Tsugitaka, Satō and Norihiko, Fukui, eds., Chiiki no sekaishi, vol. 6, Toki no chiikishi (Tokyo, 1999), 352–85.

58 The most widely known treatment of such social disciplining is Thompson, Edward P., “Time, Work-Discipline, and Industrial Capitalism,” Past & Present 38 (1967), 5697. See also Smith, Thomas C., “Peasant Time and Factory Time in Japan,” Past and Present 111 (1986), 165–97.

59 Franklin, Benjamin, “Advice to a Young Tradesman, Written by an Old One,” in The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, ed. Labaree, Leonard W., William B. Willcox, Barbara Oberg, and Ellen R. Cohn, 41 vols. (New Haven, 1959–2014), 3: 306–8; Smiles, Samuel, Self-Help: With Illustrations of Character and Conduct (London, 1859), 199200. For Smiles's global career see Ogle, “Whose Time Is It?”, 1396–7. On the diffusion of Franklin's text see Reinert, Sophus A., “The Way to Wealth around the World: Benjamin Franklin and the Globalization of American Capitalism,” American Historical Review 120 (2015), 6097.

60 Ogle, “Whose Time Is It?,” 1398–9.

61 Quoted in On Barak, On Time: Technology and Temporality in Modern Egypt (Berkeley, 2013), 11.

62 Trautmann, Thomas R., The Clash of Chronologies: Ancient India in the Modern World (New Delhi, 2009); Nanni, The Colonisation of Time.

63 Tanaka, Stefan, Japan's Orient: Rendering Pasts into History (Berkeley, 1993); Duara, Rescuing History from the Nation. For an overview of the global emergence of modern history writing see Woolf, Daniel, A Global History of History (Cambridge, 2011).

64 See Guha, Sumit, “Speaking Historically: The Changing Voices of Historical Narration in Western India, 1400–1900,” American Historical Review 109 (2004), 10841103; Rao, Velcheru Narayana, Shulman, David, and Subrahmanyam, Sanjay, Textures of Time: Writing History in South India 1600–1800 (New Delhi, 2001); Chatterjee, Kumkum, The Cultures of History in Early Modern India: Persianization and Mughal Culture in Bengal (Oxford, 2009).

65 Such an approach draws on leads by Christopher L. Hill, “Conceptual Universalization in the Transnational Nineteenth Century,” in Moyn and Sartori, Global Intellectual History, 134–58; Sartori, Andrew, Liberalism in Empire: An Alternative History (Berkeley, 2014); Moyn and Sartori, “Approaches to Global Intellectual History.”

66 Quotations from Atkins, Keletso E., “‘Kafir Time’: Preindustrial Temporal Concepts and Labour Discipline in Nineteenth-Century Colonial Natal,” Journal of African History 29 (1988), 1988229–44, at 231.

67 Fanon, Frantz, The Wretched of the Earth (New York, 1963), 239. See also Alatas, Syed H., The Myth of the Lazy Native: A Study of the Image of the Malayas, Filipinos and Javanese from the 16th to the 20th Century and Its Function in the Ideology of Colonial Capitalism (London, 1977).

68 For some telling examples see Jean, and Comaroff, John, Of Revelation and Revolution, 2 vols. (Chicago, 1991–7).

69 For such a reading in culturalist terms see William Gallois, “The War for Time in Early Colonial Algeria,” in Lorenz and Bevernage, Breaking Up Time, 252–73.

70 For such emphasis on social struggles see Cooper, Frederick, “Colonizing Time: Work Rhythms and Labor Conflict in Colonial Mombasa,” in Dirks, Nicholas B., ed., Colonialism and Culture (Ann Arbor, 1992), 209–46; Eckert, Andreas, “Zeit, Arbeit und die Konstruktion von Differenz: Über die koloniale Ordnung in Afrika,” Comparativ 10/3 (2000), 6173.

71 Quoted in Nanni, The Colonisation of Time, 194.

72 Barak, On Time, 5, 78.

73 Lowenthal, David, The Past Is a Foreign Country (Cambridge, 1985).

74 Reid, Donald, Whose Pharaohs? Archaeology, Museums, and Egyptian National Identity from Napoleon to World War I (Berkeley, 2002); Hourani, Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age, chap. 4.

75 Aguilar, Filomeno V. Jr, “Tracing Origins: Ilustrado Nationalism and the Racial Science of Migration Waves,” Journal of Asian Studies 64 (2005), 605–37.

76 Earle, Rebecca, The Return of the Native: Indians and Myth-Making in Spanish America, 1810–1930 (Durham, NC, 2007); Brading, Tim, The Origins of Mexican Nationalism (Cambridge, 1985).

77 Georgeon, François, “Changes of Time: An Aspect of Ottoman Modernization,” New Perspectives on Turkey 44 (2011), 181–95. See also Georgeon, François and Hitzel, Frédéric, eds., Les Ottomans et le temps (Leiden, 2012); Podeh, Elie, The Politics of National Celebrations in the Arab Middle East (Cambridge, 2014). A thorough analysis of the multiple layers of time in the Ottoman Empire can be found in Wishnitzer, Reading Clocks.

78 For a recent reformulation of such a view see Sato, Masayuki, “A Social History of Japanese Historiography,” in Rabasa, Jose, Sato, Masayuki, Tortarolo, Edoardo, and Woolf, Daniel, eds., Oxford History of Historical Writing, vol. 4 (Oxford, 2012), 80102.

79 For recent reflections on the notion of “propensity of the times” see Hui, Wang, China from Empire to Nation State (Cambridge, MA, 2014), chap. 3.

80 Quoted from McMahan, David L., “Modernity and the Early Discourse of Scientific Buddhism,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 72 (2004), 897933, at 901.

81 According to the sacred texts, kaliyuga was to last for 432,000 years. See Sarkar, Sumit, “Renaissance and Kaliyuga: Time, Myth and History in Colonial Bengal,” in Sarkar, Writing Social History (New Delhi, 1997), 186215.

82 Ogle, “Whose Time Is It?”, 1402. For a vivid account of how modern technology shaped debates about ritual time see the analysis of the impact of the telegraph on defining the beginning and end of the Ramadan in Ogle, The Global Transformation of Time, 149–76.

* For comments, criticism, and suggestions, I am especially grateful to Aleida Assmann, Frederick Cooper, Shruti Kapila, and Martin Mulsow. This work was supported by an Academy of Korean Studies (KSPS) Grant funded by the Korean Government (MOE) (AKS-2010-DZZ-3103).

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Modern Intellectual History
  • ISSN: 1479-2443
  • EISSN: 1479-2451
  • URL: /core/journals/modern-intellectual-history
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Altmetric attention score

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed