1 i have found very useful vyvyan evans the structure of time language meaning and temporal cogn 1 time as sextons lines so forcibly remind us requires metaphor it flows like a river accelerates like an engine flies like a winged chariot freezes like instant ice stands still like a heart between beats or in sextons words grows short and then dims out as death opens his door. Measuring time making history natalie zemon davis annual lecture series at central european university hunt lynn on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers measuring time making history natalie zemon davis annual lecture series at central european university. 2 although there is some question as to whether modernity as aristotle said of time more generally belongs to the class of things that exist or to that of things that do not exist it does function as a category of our thinking to judge only by the number of times the word appears in book and article titles my goal is to explain how it came to shape thinking about history. Book description 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. 2 at least world standard time emerged from a meeting of many even if not all nations the history of the adoption of the gregorian calendar after 1582 shows how western hegemony could emerge from an even more complicated and seemingly unpredictable series of events
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