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On Historical Distance (Hardback)
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On Historical Distance (Hardback)

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Hardback 312 Pages / Published: 07/06/2013
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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

Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300140378
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Phillips's work, particularly Society and Sentiment, is widely cited among cultural and literary historians; this book caries his ideas to a new level and will be even more influential."-Jonathan Lamb, Vanderbilt University -- Jonathan Lamb
"On Historical Distance is a fascinating and very important book that should be read by all historians. . . . 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, Johns Hopkins University -- John Marshall
"Mark Phillips's perceptive analysis of the interplay between proximity and distance in representations of the past combines the skills of an intellectual historian with the trained sensibility of a critic of literature and art."-Peter Burke, Emmanuel College, Cambridge University

-- Peter Burke
"On Historical Distance throws into relief a feature of historical writing so fundamental that it has escaped sustained attention until now. Combining a heuristic analysis of kinds of distance with examples culled from three distinct periods, Mark Phillips also ventures into literary history and history painting. A thoughtful and original work."-Michael McKeon, Rutgers University

-- Michael McKeon
Winner of the 2014 Wallace K. Ferguson Prize the best scholarly book on non-Canadian history. This award is given by the Canadian Historical Association. -- Wallace K. Ferguson Prize * Canadian Historical Association *
"A richly nuanced analysis of how historians cope with the `otherness' of the past."-Penelope J. Corfield, American Historical Review
-- Penelope J. Corfield * American Historical Review *

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