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Worlds Before AdamThe Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Reform$
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Martin J. S. Rudwick

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226731285

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226731308.001.0001

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Worlds Before Adam
University of Chicago Press

The present volume is a sequel to Bursting the Limits of Time, which traced the gradual development of the practice of geohistory within the sciences of the earth. This introductory chapter presents a comparison of Bursting the Limits of Time and the present volume. This book takes as its starting point the sense that the earth's deep or prehuman geohistory could in principle be reconstructed almost as reliably as, say, the history of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The narrative focuses on what geologists discovered as they deployed their virtual time-machine, and spans the quarter-century from about 1820 to about 1845. Put another way, it starts in the aftermath of the Napoleonic era in European history, and extends into the earliest years of Britain's Victorian age and equivalent phases in the history of other nations. Apart from the period it covers, however, the book adopts much the same parameters as Bursting the Limits of Time.

Keywords:   earth science, geohistory, Bursting the Limits

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