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Angelika Koch

, for their insightful and constructive feedback. 1 Introduction: Commodified Time and the Pleasure Business Early modern Japan’s prostitution quarters have frequently been described as a space for “play” ( asobi ), separate from the regulated normality of life in the burgeoning cities of the Edo period

The Birth of Modern Europe

Culture and Economy, 1400-1800. Essays in Honor of Jan de Vries


Edited by Laura Cruz and Joel Mokyr

It seems undeniable that Jan de Vries has cast an indelible impression upon the field of early modern economic history. With his rejection of traditional models that left pre-industrial Europe with little to no role to play in modern development, de Vries’ work has laid claim to the rich significance of the early modern period as the birth of the contemporary West. Culminating in The Industrious Revolution: Consumer Behavior and the Household Economy 1650 to the Present (2008), his work has changed the way scholars conceptualize and study this dynamic period, as the contributors in this volume attest. Utilizing the methods and concepts pioneered by de Vries, these authors display the depth and breadth of his influence, with applications ranging from trade to architecture, from the Netherlands to China, and from the 1400s to the present day.

Mary Schmelzer

144 Time’s Books / KronoScope 10:1-2 (2010) 137-146 Eleanor Selfridge-Field. Song and Season: Science, Culture, and Theatri- cal Time in Early Modern Venice (The Calendar of Venetian Opera) . Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007. 400 pp. Elizabeth Selfridge-Field’s Song and Season: Science

, 2000]) and on textures of temporality in English literary narratives and legal judgments. She is the current Chair of isfla (International Systemic Functional Linguistics Association). Angelika Koch, Ph.D. broadly specializes in the cultural history of early modern Japan. She completed her Ph.D. at

Lance Strate

early modern era, are well represented in this book. Indeed, it could be argued that Stone is essentially a study of the symbolism of stone in medieval literature and its relevance for contemporary thought. I hasten to add that this makes the book no less interesting to read, but I was surprised by

Raji C. Steineck

also serve to present socially important pieces of knowledge. This “sociotemporal” mode of narrative organization is replaced in early modern novels such as Ihara Saikaku’s classic Life of an Amorous Man ( Kōshoku ichidai otoko , 1686) by a fundamentally biographical mode, centered on the individual

Brigitte Steger and Raji C. Steineck

early modern timescapes were a plethora of signals and time systems from a variety of sources that included court astronomers, temples, town halls, animals, plants, vendors, and various social activities. The relative importance of each signal changed, corresponding to changes in power and influence

Manfred B. Steger and Paul James

concrete political programs and agendas valorizing the profit-oriented production of mass commodities and the generation of meaning primarily on the basis of industrialization, consumption, individualism, and rational legalism. This is not to say that discursive frameworks of early modern periods did not

Henk Houweling and Mehdi Parvizi Amineh

claimed by the Bush government for the US as a sovereign state to wage preventive war originates in early modern political thought. Classical political theorists as Grotius, Hobbes, and Vattel re ected on the new, post-Medieval, world order created by the double process of state formation and overseas

Chris Chase-Dunn and Jennifer S.K. Dudley

Karl Polanyi . Edited by Kari Levitt Polanyi . Montreal : Black Rose Books . Goldstone , Jack . 1991 . Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World . Berkeley : University of California Press . Goldstone , Jack . 2014 . Revolutions . New York : Oxford University