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Is 'Nineteenth Century' supposed to be capitalized?

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July 09, 2008 9:38PM

No, according to modern style guides. The Chicago Manual of Style (7.63) states that: A numerical designation of a period is lowercased unless it is part of a proper name: * eighteenth century * the seventeen hundreds * the twenties * quattrocento (fifteenth century) * Eighteenth Dynasty (but Sung dynasty) * the period of the Fourth Republic A similar search of universities' online style guides and governmental online style guides confirms that it should not be capitalized.