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Description - On Historical Distance by Mark Salber Phillips

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

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300213874
ISBN-10: 0300213875
Format: Paperback / softback
(223mm x 147mm x 21mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 7-Apr-2015
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mark Salber Phillips

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

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