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Reading Clocks, Alla Turca: Time and Society in the Late Ottoman Empire

Avner Wishnitzer


The way the Ottomans used clocks down to the end of the nineteenth century conformed to the inner logic of their temporal culture and did not disturb its coherence. However, this fabric of practice and meaning began to change rather dramatically during the nineteenth century, as the Ottoman Empire was increasingly assimilated into the European-dominated global economy, and the project of modern state-building began to gather momentum. In their attempt to attain better surveillance capabilities, and higher levels of regularity and efficiency, various organs of the reforming Ottoman state develo ... More

Keywords: temporality, time, Ottoman, modernity, modernization, state building, clocks, nineteenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226257723
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226257860.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Avner Wishnitzer, author