Chapter

The Temporalization of Space

Sebastian Conrad

in The Quest for the Lost Nation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780520259447
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945814 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520259447.003.0006
The Temporalization of Space

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The petition for a world-historical perspective was widespread in postwar German and in Japanese historiography. This request was usually connected less to a geographical development of scholarly range than to the integration of history into a universal historical process. Not as it may seem, the appeal to world history emphasized not a spatial but rather a temporal class. The underlying period of time could assume very different forms. For the Japanese Marxists, it meant the laws of developmental stages, which pointed all nations toward modernity. For the conservative Ritter, “Iron Age” had begun that was informed by the conflict between two hegemonic powers. In connection to this chapter, “Temporalization of space” refers to a mode of explanation that conceives of the difference between two phenomena as a temporal gap. In this way, historiography reduces the problem of space to the category of time.

Keywords: temporalization; spatial; space; modernity; temporal; gap

Chapter.  27812 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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