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Wilson, Ross (2016) The Language of the Past. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781474246637

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Abstract

The Language of the Past analyzes the use of history in discourses within the political, media and the public sphere. It examines how particular terms, phrases and allusions first came into usage, developed and how they are employed today. To speak of something or someone as representing the 'stone age', or characterize an institution as 'byzantine', to describe a business relationship as 'feudal' or to disparage ideals or morality as 'Victorian', refers to both a perception of the past and its relationship to the present. Whilst dictionaries and etymologies define meanings and origin points of words or phrases, this study examines how history is maintained and used within society through language.

Detailing the specific words and phrases associated with particular periods used to describe contemporary society, this thorough examination of language and history will be of great interest to those studying historiography, social history and linguistics.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D051 Ancient History
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
E History America > E151 United States (General)
Divisions: Departments > History
Depositing User: Ross Wilson
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2016 09:13
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2016 09:13
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/1815

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