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On Historical Distance$
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Mark Salber Phillips

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300140378

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300140378.001.0001

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Introduction Rethinking Historical Distance: From Doctrine to Heuristic

Introduction Rethinking Historical Distance: From Doctrine to Heuristic

(p.1) Introduction Rethinking Historical Distance: From Doctrine to Heuristic
On Historical Distance

Mark Salber Phillips

Yale University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about historical distance. This volume outlines an approach to historical representation which is an issue of mediation and distance and analyzes three distinct periods of changing historiographical practice which include circa 1500, circa 1800, and circa 1968. It suggests that an analysis of historical distance should help to sort out issues related to the periodic shifts in historiographical style and the comparisons between rival historical genres.

Keywords:   historical distance, historical representation, mediation, historiographical practice, periodic shifts, historiographical style, historical genres

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