Wallstein Verlag

Achim Landwehr

On this Side of History

On an alternative concept of historiography

380 pages, 14,0 x 22,2 cm
ISBN: 978-3-8353-3742-8 (2020)


German Version

Are we all now at once? Historiography under the conditions of multiple temporalities.

History is present everywhere. For more than two centuries now, not only in western societies, we have been accustomed to thinking within this collective singular. Everything that happens is subjected to the assumption of having an effect as well as being the result. Leading to a paradox: everything has a history, apart from history itself. Since western historiography with its own, special concept of history has been confronted with different approaches to and understandings of temporality and transformation due to postcolonial discourse this special concept proves as out of time. And there is a lack of alternatives.
This book proposes another kind of historiography, based on the concept of chronoference, developed in theory and case studies. Taking into account the fundamental human abilitly to live in and with different times at once, for no present is concurrent with itself.
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