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1. General remarks

Punctuality is one of those time-related social rules whose observance is subject to major cultural variations. Over the course of the early modern period, punctuality became increasingly associated with precision (French accuratesse) and reliability, while lateness was associated with impoliteness and lack of respect. It would be a mistake, however, to situate the virtue of punctua…

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Behringer, Wolfgang, “Punctuality”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 06 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026062>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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