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The Measure of Times Past: Pre-Newtonian Chronologies and the Rhetoric of Relative Time

Donald J. Wilcox

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ISBN 10: 0226897214 / ISBN 13: 9780226897219
Published by Univ of Chicago Pr (Tx), 1987
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: The Measure of Times Past: Pre-Newtonian ...

Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr (Tx)

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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In this extraordinary work, Donald J. Wilcox seeks to discover an approach to narrative and history consistent with the discontinuous, relative time of the twentieth century. He shows how our B.C./A.D. system, intimately connected to Newtonian concepts of continuous, objective, and absolute time, has affected our conception and experience of the past. He demonstrates absolute time's centrality to modern historical methodologies and the problems it has created in the selection and interpretation of facts. Inspired by contemporary fiction and Einsteinian concepts of relativity, he concludes his analysis with a comparison of our system with earlier, pre-Newtonian time schemes to create a radical new critique of historical objectivity.

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David J. Wilcox is professor of history at the University of New Hampshire.

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