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.

Yale University Press
978-0-300-14037-8
The Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history
Department of History

Phillips, M. (2013). On Historical Distance. The Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history. Yale University Press.


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