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Engaging with the Past and Present
The Relationship between Past and Present across the Disciplines

Edited By

Paul M. Dover

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ISBN 9780367460327
June 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This collection brings together fifteen essays from practitioners of a variety of disciplines that concern themselves with the past: not only historians, but scholars from other branches of the humanities and social sciences (including theology, art history, public history, and archival science) and natural sciences (including geology, paleontology, astronomy, and paleoanthropology).

What is the relationship between the past and the present? This essential yet seemingly straightforward question, of central importance to many fields of study, in fact yields a variety of answers, with significant repercussions for methodology, epistemology, and pedagogy. This volume’s contributors describe how they relate phenomena in the past and their observations of the present, revealing intellectual resonances and opportunities for dialogue across subjects that are too often walled off from one another. By engaging scholars in a conversation about a first principle of their work, this book offers a genuinely interdisciplinary consideration of a timeless question, with implications for knowledge about both past and present.

Engaging with the Past and Present is full of insights and ideas for anyone seeking to understand the past or employ it as evidence for understanding present realities.

Table of Contents

    1. Engaging with the Past and the Present: an Introduction\

    Paul Dover

    Part 1: Past, Present and History

    2. Reflections on March Bloch's Maxim

    Felipe Brandi

    3. When Does the Present Become the Past?

    Jeremi Suri

    4. Does the Past Matter? In the Shadow of the Growing Footprint of the Future

    Zoltán Simon

    5. The Big History of Past, Present and Future

    Craig Benjamin

    Part 2: Past, Present and Human Culture

    6. Historical Faith and Faithful History

    Nicolas Steeves, SJ

    7. Confucian Culture and the Imminence of the Past

    Yves Vendé

    8. Past, Present, and Heritage

    William Stoutamire

    9. The Continuum between the Past and Present: an Art Historian's View

    Gregory T. Clark

    10. Digging into the Human Past: Archeology, Time, and the Object

    Martin Porr

    11. Archives: Preserving the Documentary Past

    Randolph C. Head

    Part 3: Past, Present and Natural History

    12. Earth Time: Lessons from the "Boring Billions"

    Hilairy Hartnett

    13. The Past and Present in Environmental Science

    Ellen Wohl

    14. The Past and Present of the Cosmos

    David Garofalo

    15. Disengaging with the Past: Extinction and Resets of the Biosphere

    Roy Plotnick

    16. The Human Deep Past (Paleoanthropology)

    Deborah Olszewski

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    Paul M. Dover is Professor of History at Kennesaw State University. He has published widely in early modern political and cultural history and in the history of information. His most recent book is The Information Revolution in Early Modern Europe (2021).