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Hidden in Historicism : Time Regimes since 1700, Hardback Book

Hidden in Historicism : Time Regimes since 1700 Hardback


Hidden in Historicism considers how the nineteenth-century philosophy of historicism depicts three "forgotten time regimes": a time of rise and fall, an ambiguous time of synchronicity of the non-synchronous, and a time in which decisive moments dominate. Before the eighteenth century, time was past-oriented.

This inversed in the Enlightenment, when the future became dominating.

Today, this time of progress continues to be embraced as a "time of the modern".

Yet, inequality, increasing violence and climate change lead to doubts over a bright future.

In this book, Harry Jansen moves away from the heritage of Reinhart Koselleck and his single time of the modern towards a historicist, threefold temporal approach to history writing.

In the time regime of the twenty-first century past, present and future coexist.

It is a heterogeneous time that takes on the three forms of historicism.

Jansen's study shows how all three times exist together in current historiography and contribute to a better understanding of the world today. Based on the idea that an incarnated time rules everything that happens it reality, the book offers a fresh perspective on the ongoing discussion about time and time regimes in contemporary philosophy and theory of history for students and scholars, both time specialists and the non-specialist.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 258 pages, 1 Line drawings, black and white; 9 Halftones, black and white
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: History: theory & methods
  • ISBN: 9780367421014

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