The Resource Moved by the Past : Discontinuity and Historical Mutation, Eelco Runia

Moved by the Past : Discontinuity and Historical Mutation, Eelco Runia

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Moved by the Past : Discontinuity and Historical Mutation
Title
Moved by the Past
Title remainder
Discontinuity and Historical Mutation
Statement of responsibility
Eelco Runia
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Author
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Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
Historians go to great lengths to avoid confronting discontinuity, searching for explanations as to why such events as the fall of the Berlin Wall, George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq, and the introduction of the euro logically develop from what came before. Moved by the Past radically breaks with this tradition of predating the past, incites us to fully acknowledge the discontinuous nature of discontinuities, and proposes to use the fact that history is propelled by unforeseeable leaps and bounds as a starting point for a truly evolutionary conception of history. Integrating research from a variety of disciplines, Eelco Runia identifies two modes of being "moved by the past": regressive and revolutionary. In the regressive mode, the past may either overwhelm us--as in nostalgia--or provoke us to act out what we believe to be solidly dead. When we are moved by the past in a revolutionary sense, we may be said to embody history: we burn our bridges behind us and create accomplished facts we have no choice but to live up to. In the final thesis of Moved by the Past, humans energize their own evolution by habitually creating situations ("catastrophes" or sublime historical events) that put a premium on mutations. This book therefore illuminates how every now and then we chase ourselves away from what we were and force ourselves to become what we are. Proposing a simple yet radical change in perspective, Runia profoundly reorients how we think and theorize about history
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Biographical or historical data
Eelco Runia is a novelist and chair of the Centre for Metahistory at Groningen University in the Netherlands. His novels and essayistic work on the making and writing of history address the question of how and why humans habitually disrupt their lives by saddling themselves with accomplished facts of their own making.
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IN-ChSCO
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Runia, Eelco
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other
LC call number
  • D16.8
  • D16.8 .R895 2014
LC item number
.R895 2014
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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De Gruyter
Series statement
European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism
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  • Historiography
  • Historiography
  • History
  • History
  • Geschichte
  • Historiography
  • History
  • Miscellaneous
Target audience
specialized
Label
Moved by the Past : Discontinuity and Historical Mutation, Eelco Runia
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Publication
Copyright
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 6. Into Cleanness leaping: The vertiginous urge to Commit History
  • 7. Inventing the new from the old
  • 8. Crossing the Wires in the Pleasure machine
  • 9. Our own best Enemy: How Humans Energize their Evolution
  • Coda
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Backmatter
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • 1. Burying the Dead, Creating the Past
  • 2. “Forget about it”
  • 3. Presence
  • 4. Spots of time
  • 5. Thirsting for Deeds: Schiller and the Historical sublime
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource(264 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231537575
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.7312/runi16820
Other physical details
illustrations.
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)458491
  • (OCoLC)877769670
  • (OCoLC)979953857
  • (DE-B1597)9780231537575
Label
Moved by the Past : Discontinuity and Historical Mutation, Eelco Runia
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 6. Into Cleanness leaping: The vertiginous urge to Commit History
  • 7. Inventing the new from the old
  • 8. Crossing the Wires in the Pleasure machine
  • 9. Our own best Enemy: How Humans Energize their Evolution
  • Coda
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Backmatter
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • 1. Burying the Dead, Creating the Past
  • 2. “Forget about it”
  • 3. Presence
  • 4. Spots of time
  • 5. Thirsting for Deeds: Schiller and the Historical sublime
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource(264 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231537575
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.7312/runi16820
Other physical details
illustrations.
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)458491
  • (OCoLC)877769670
  • (OCoLC)979953857
  • (DE-B1597)9780231537575

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