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Time and the Shape of History

Penelope J. Corfield


This book explores the relationship between time and history and shows how an appreciation of long-term time helps to make sense of the past. The book is devoted to a wide-ranging analysis of the way different societies have conceived and interpreted time, and it develops a theory of the threefold roles of continuity, gradual change, and revolution which together form a “braided” history. Linking the interpretative chapters are intriguing brief expositions on time travel, time cycles, time lines, and time pieces, showing the different ways in which human history has been located in time. In it ... More

Keywords: time, history, continuity, gradual change, revolution, time travel, time cycles, time lines, time pieces, period divisions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780300115581
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300115581.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Penelope J. Corfield, author