Question: Long Eighteenth Century

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Question: Long Eighteenth Century

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Nov 24, 2010, 7:50pm

When writers speak of the "long eighteenth century," what is meant by that?

Nov 25, 2010, 5:31pm

It's just a handy way of labeling a period they want to treat in one chunk, usually meaning something like Glorious Revolution (1688) to Waterloo (1815).

Nov 25, 2010, 6:22pm

There is also a theory of "long" (and short/) DECADES.
e.g. that the "50s" may have started in 1950, but didnʻt end until 11/22/63.

I never liked the "decade madness" much, anway --complete with its "half-decades" and even "thirds-of decads" which doesnʻt work out well mathematically.

Someone posting in AOL once said "Oh yes, thirds of decades are very im portant! And the thirds can be subdivided ,too. E.g. Who could forget the lower middle third of the Mid-Sicties?"