[tz] [PROPOSED PATCH] Cite Ogle's 2015 book on history of civil time

Paul Eggert 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
--- a/NEWS
+++ b/NEWS
@@ -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
--- a/Theory
+++ b/Theory
@@ -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
+   https://www.dissentmagazine.org/blog/booked-a-global-history-of-time-vanessa-ogle
  * 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
--- a/asia
+++ b/asia
@@ -874,6 +874,15 @@ Zone	Asia/Dili	8:22:20 -	LMT	1912 Jan  1
 			9:00	-	TLT
 # India
+# From Ian P. Beacock, in "A brief history of (modern) time", The Atlantic
+# http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/12/the-creation-of-modern-time/421419/
+# (2015-12-22):
+# 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	Asia/Kolkata	5:53:28 -	LMT	1880        # Kolkata
 			5:53:20	-	HMT	1941 Oct    # Howrah Mean Time?

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