On Historical Distance

On Historical Distance

By: Mark Salber Phillips (author)Paperback

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Conceptions of distance are foundational to historical thought, but Mark Salber Phillips gives the idea new subtlety and meaning. He argues that distance is a matter not just of time and space but also of form, affect, ideology, and understanding. In this exceptionally wide-ranging study, Phillips examines Renaissance, Enlightenment, and contemporary histories, as well as a broad spectrum of historical genres-including local history, literary history, counter-factual fiction, history painting, and museology. "On Historical Distance is a fascinating and very important book that should be read by all historians. Beautifully written in elegant, economical and engaging prose, the book wears its considerable learning very lightly. A deeply original, challenging and thought-provoking study of the evolving history of history by one of our leading historians of historiography, this book should provoke a lively debate among historians and should be assigned as essential reading for classes on historical methods and historiography."-John Marshall, John Hopkins University

About Author

Mark Salber Phillips is professor of history at Carleton University, Ottawa.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780300213874
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9780300213874
  • weight: 435
  • ISBN10: 0300213875

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