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    Beyond or beneath

    Could someone paraphrase "beyond or beneath" in the following for me? Thanks. The first hist

    ory we write is a history of races. Our tribe’s myth is here, yours is over there, our race iscalled “the people” and blessed by the gods, and yours, well, not so blessed.Next comes the history of faces: history as the epic acts of bosses and chiefs,pharaohs and emirs, kings and Popes and sultans in conflict, where the past isessentially the chronicle of who wears the crown first and who wears it next.Then comes the history of places, where the ingathering of people and classesin a single city or state makes a historical whole bigger than any one facewithin it. Modern history is mostly place history, of an ambitious kind: whatall the little faces were doing while the big faces were looking at each other.Modern place history has produced scholarly masterpieces, like Emmanuel Le RoyLadurie’s “Montaillou,” the densely inhabited tale of one region in France inmedieval times, and a lot of collective social history “from below.” (It hasalso produced great pop writing: Robert Hughes on Barcelona, Peter Ackroyd onLondon.)

    But beyond, or beneath, these histories is the history ofspaces: the history of terrains and territories, a history where plains andrivers and harbors shape the social place that sits above them or around them.

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    Re: Beyond or beneath

    You need to cite the source of the text.

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    Re: Beyond or beneath

    Sorry. It's from http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...-places-spaces

    Faces, Places Spaces from The New Yorker.

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    Re: Beyond or beneath

    Quote Originally Posted by ianian View Post
    But beyond, or beneath, these histories
    But underlying these histories ... etc.

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    Re: Beyond or beneath

    Thanks. Does "other than these histories" also work?

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    Re: Beyond or beneath

    That's slightly different.

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