Visions of the Future: Almanacs, Time, and Cultural Change 1775-1870

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byMaureen Perkins

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Historians have long puzzled over the `death' of astrology at the end of the seventeenth century. Visions of the Future demonstrates that astrology was alive and well for much of the nineteenth century, finding expression in one of the best-selling items of popular literature, the almanac. Itexamines the contents of the most notorious almanacs, such as Moore's and Poor Robin, publications which provide a colourful entry into popular culture and which suggest that a belief in the possibility of seeing the future was widespread. The book goes on to discuss why all claims to predict thefuture, including those of astrology, became categorized as `superstition'. It argues that this development was linked to two major cultural changes: the rise of statistical discourse and the dominance of Newtonian time. Statistical forecasting achieved the status of a `science' at the same time as`visions' of the future were being marginalized. Examining the historical context of the substitution of one type of knowledge for another makes an important contribution to current discussion about interaction between the different levels of culture.

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Historians have long puzzled over the `death' of astrology at the end of the seventeenth century. Visions of the Future demonstrates that astrology was alive and well for much of the nineteenth century, finding expression in one of the best-selling items of popular literature, the almanac. Itexamines the contents of the most notorious ...

Maureen Perkins is at Department of History, University of Western Australia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:282 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`admirable monograph'Jon Mee, Oxford University, Jrnl of Religious History, Vol 23, no 2, June 1999