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A Republic in Time: Temporality and Social Imagination in Nineteenth-Century America

Thomas M. Allen


The development of the American nation has typically been interpreted in terms of its expansion through space, specifically its growth westward. This book posits time, not space, as the most significant territory of the young nation. It argues that beginning in the nineteenth century, the actual geography of the nation became less important, as Americans imagined the future as their true national territory. The book explores how transformations in the perception of time shaped American conceptions of democratic society and modern nationhood. It focuses on three ways of imagining time: the roma ... More

Keywords: nineteenth century, perception of time, democratic society, modern nationhood, deep time, natural history, clock time, artifacts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780807831793
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807868171_allen


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas M. Allen, author