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Moved by the Past: Discontinuity and Historical Mutation

Eelco Runia


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. This book 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 ... More

Keywords: discontinuity, history, regressive mode, revolutionary mode, nostalgia, catastrophes, historical events, evolution, mutations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231168205
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231168205.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eelco Runia, author