Cover

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pp. c-ii

Title Page

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pp. iii-iii

Copyright page

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pp. iv-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. 1-2

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Chapter 1. Is Time Historical?

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pp. 3-46

Time, as Sexton’s lines so forcibly remind us, requires metaphor. It flows like a river, accelerates like an engine, flies like a winged chariot, freezes like instant ice, stands still like a heart between beats, or, in Sexton’s words, grows short, and then dims out as death opens his door. Without the metaphors,...

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Chapter 2. Modernity and History

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pp. 47-92

Modernity has two related definitions, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. It is “the quality or condition of being modern; modernness of character or style,” and “an intellectual tendency or social perspective characterized by departure from or repudiation...

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Chapter 3. Post Times or the Future of the Past

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pp. 93-134

Western notions of time have shaped temporal understandings around the world and to a considerable extent have been imposed on the rest of the world. Twenty-five nations sent delegates to the International Meridian Conference that met in Washington D.C. in October 1884 and adopted the observatory...

Index

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pp. 135-140

back cover

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pp. bc-bc