decimalism

decimalism

(ˈdɛsɪməlɪzəm)
n
(Units) a method or practice based on units, divisions, or multiples of ten
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They are characteristic, he argues, of a contemporary decimalism that propagates an endless array of anniversary celebrations that all follow a similar logic, each marking nothing more substantial than round numbers, but doing so with great solemnity and self-importance.
The nineteenth century with its invention of national monuments and institutionalization of centennials and decades founded institutional memories (and even made the writing of individual biographies a popular practice), often organized on the basis of decimalism. This predominantly male technique of public celebration owes much to the fact that public history and memory were long dominated by churches, clubs, associations, academies, guilds, leagues, and universities.