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Table Of Contents

Foreword, by Anthony Grafton
Gestation
Introduction The Past Defined
part one
Antiquity
Flatland
Pasts Present
The Herodotean Achievement
Thucydides and the Refashionings
Linear Time
Hellenistic Innovations
part two
Christianity
Can't Get Here from There
The Power of Prayer
Breakthrough to the Now
The Idea of the Sæculum
The Sæculum Reconfigured
Gregory of Tours and the Sæculum
Back from the Future
part three
Renaissance
The Living Past
The Birth of Anachronism
Petrarch's "Copernican Leap"
The Commonplace View of the World
Jean Bodin and the Unity of History
part four
Enlightenment
Presence and Distance
Biography as a Form of History
The Politics of History
The Relations of Truth / The Truth of Relations
Montesquieu and the Relations of Things
The Past Emerges
Epilogue The Past Historicized
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index