This chapter reevaluates the longitudinal “shapes” of history and argues for a threefold approach. It considers the question of how to best frame the multi-dimensionality of the past without forcing things into preset stages or patterns that suit some cultural traditions and not others and without fragmenting knowledge into meaningless details that are unattached in time. It considers the time frames of history and argues for an interlocking or loosely braided three-dimensional history in which the three strands combine and intertwine continuously, though not necessarily evenly, within time and within time-space.
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