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

Maureen Perkins


Historians have long puzzled over the ‘death’ of astrology at the end of the seventeenth century. This book 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. It examines 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 the future, including th ... More

Keywords: astrology, popular literature, almanac, Moore's almanac, Poor Robin, popular culture, statistical forecasting, superstition, statistical discourse, Newtonian time

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198121787
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121787.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maureen Perkins, author
Department of History, University of Western Australia