[tz] [PROPOSED PATCH] Cite Ogle's 2015 book on history of civil time
eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Tue Jan 12 00:22:34 UTC 2016
* NEWS, Theory, asia: Mention Ogle's book, or reviews of it.
NEWS | 3 +++
Theory | 10 +++++++++-
asia | 9 +++++++++
3 files changed, 21 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
diff --git a/NEWS b/NEWS
index f9de054..14a87ac 100644
@@ -47,6 +47,9 @@ Unreleased, experimental changes
on editing tz source files (with a mention of Sublime zoneinfo,
thanks to Gilmore Davidson).
+ The Theory and asia files now mention the 2015 book "The Global
+ Transformation of Time, 1870-1950", and cite a couple of reviews.
The America/Chicago entry now documents the informal use of US
central time in Fort Pierre, South Dakota. (Thanks to Rick
McDermid, Matt Johnson, and Steve Jones.)
diff --git a/Theory b/Theory
index 96cba51..4f9c226 100644
@@ -263,7 +263,15 @@ Errors in the tz database arise from many sources:
be needed if the tz database's scope were extended to cover even
just the known or guessed history of standard time; for example,
the current single entry for France would need to split into dozens
- of entries, perhaps hundreds.
+ of entries, perhaps hundreds. And in most of the world even this
+ approach would be misleading due to widespread disagreement or
+ indifference about what times should be observed. In her 2015 book
+ "The Global Transformation of Time, 1870-1950", Vanessa Ogle writes
+ "Outside of Europe and North America there was no system of time
+ zones at all, often not even a stable landscape of mean times,
+ prior to the middle decades of the twentieth century". See:
+ Timothy Shenk, Booked: A Global History of Time. Dissent 2015-12-17
* Most of the pre-1970 data entries come from unreliable sources, often
astrology books that lack citations and whose compilers evidently
diff --git a/asia b/asia
index 7756444..a59d653 100644
@@ -874,6 +874,15 @@ Zone Asia/Dili 8:22:20 - LMT 1912 Jan 1
9:00 - TLT
+# From Ian P. Beacock, in "A brief history of (modern) time", The Atlantic
+# In January 1906, several thousand cotton-mill workers rioted on the
+# outskirts of Bombay.... They were protesting the proposed abolition of
+# local time in favor of Indian Standard Time.... Journalists called this
+# dispute the "Battle of the Clocks." It lasted nearly half a century.
# Zone NAME GMTOFF RULES FORMAT [UNTIL]
Zone Asia/Kolkata 5:53:28 - LMT 1880 # Kolkata
5:53:20 - HMT 1941 Oct # Howrah Mean Time?
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