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Question about dates in history books
« on: September 06, 2020, 03:20:26 PM »
When history books give the date of a past event that occurred prior to the Gregorian calendar, is the date generally given using the Julian calendar, or is the date "updated" so to speak? Or does it vary depending on who wrote the book?
 
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Re: Question about dates in history books
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2020, 08:31:50 PM »
When history books give the date of a past event that occurred prior to the Gregorian calendar, is the date generally given using the Julian calendar, or is the date "updated" so to speak? Or does it vary depending on who wrote the book?

I don't know that it's terribly consistent, but it definitely can depend on where and when it was written. Many European countries took centuries to adopt the Gregorian calendar, even for civil dates. We say that George Washington was born on February 22, but he was actually born on February 11 in the Old Style. Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752, and Washington himself started to observe his birthday on the 22nd from that year.
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Re: Question about dates in history books
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2020, 05:32:14 PM »
I don't like to link to Wikipedia, however, some basic background:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adoption_of_the_Gregorian_calendar

Hence, the only books which would not automatically employ the Gregorian calandar
which includes date modifications were printed or written before its adoption.

Ecclesiastical history was, of course, date-modified in the late 16th century.

The only place you see unmodified dates are in original copies or facsimilies.
Bede, Alcuin of York, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Jerome, etc.

 
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Re: Question about dates in history books
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2020, 06:28:25 PM »
From what I've seen, dates pre-1582 are almost always given in the Julian calendar that they were originally recorded in.
 

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Re: Question about dates in history books
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2020, 06:53:53 PM »
Any good historian will note any OS and NS calendar issues in his introduction.
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