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1. Everyday life and culture

1.1. Introduction

The everyday importance of chronometry is apparent on two levels in particular in early modern Europe. First, from the late Middle Ages, a precise measurement of the time of day was becoming relevant to ever more people. It can thus be seen that first the hour and then (from the 17th century) the minute was registering in popular consciousness, and during the 18th century, the measurement of seconds …

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Fuchs, Ralf-Peter and Wepster, Steven, “Chronometry”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 19 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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