From an author at the forefront of research in this area comes this provocative and seminal work that presents a unique and fresh new look at history and theory.

Taking a broadly European view, the book draws on works of French and German philosophy, some of which are unknown to the English-speaking world, and Martin L. Davies spells out what it is like to live in a historicized world, where any event is presented as historical as, or even before, it happens.

Challenging basic assumptions made by historians, Davies focuses on historical ideas and thought about the past instead of examining history as a discipline. The value of history in and for contemporary culture is explained not only in terms of cultural and institutional practices but in forms of writing and representation of historical issues too.

Historics stimulates thinking about the behaviours and practice that constitute history, and introduces complex ideas in a clear and approachable style. This important text is recommended not only for a wide student audience, but for the more discerning general reader as well.

chapter |22 pages

Getting at What is Behind History: the Concept of Historics

Getting at What is Behind History: Historics

chapter |10 pages

Theme: A Sixth Sense — A Sense for


chapter |32 pages

Variation 1: History and the Senses

History and the Senses History and sentience

chapter |55 pages

Variation 2

History as Apprehension

chapter |64 pages

Variation 3

History as Prosthesis

chapter |65 pages

Variation 4

Symbolic Formations of Historical Sense

chapter |3 pages


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