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Malpas, J ORCID: 0000-0003-4378-8937 2019 , 'Topologies of history' , History and Theory, vol. 58, no. 1 , pp. 3-22 , doi: 10.1111/hith.12097.

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History, it is routinely assumed, belongs primarily to time and the temporal. Yet although routine, the assumption is nevertheless mistaken. It is place or topos, which encompasses both time and space (and that is intimately tied to the notion of bound or limit), that is primary here, and so history has to be understood as determined topologically, and not merely temporally. The exploration and elaboration of this claim involves rethinking the ideas of time, space, and place as well as of language and narrative. History appears in its adventual character, but its adventuality is itself seen as a happening of place.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Malpas, J
Keywords: event, history, language, narrative, place, space, time, topology
Journal or Publication Title: History and Theory
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
ISSN: 0018-2656
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/hith.12097
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Copyright © 2019 John Wiley & SonsThis is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Malpas, J., Topologies of history, History and theory, 58(1), 3-22, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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