Clock
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1. Introduction

Through the early modern period, so-called mechanical wheel clocks developed alongside sundials and sand or water clocks to become the primary instrument of chronometry. Simple water clocks with water-driven functions for waking and ringing the hours had been used in monasteries in Central Europe since the 11th century. As…

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Dohrn-van Rossum, Gerhard and Popplow, Marcus, “Clock”, 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 22 September 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029183>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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