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On Historical Distance

Mark Salber Phillips


Conceptions of distance are foundational to historical thought, but this book gives the idea new subtlety and meaning. The book argues that distance is a matter not just of time and space but also of form, affect, ideology, and understanding. In this study, the book examines the Renaissance, the 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.

Keywords: distance, history, time, space, form, ideology, Renaissance, Enlightenment, contemporary history, historical genres

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300140378
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300140378.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Salber Phillips, author