How our ancestors viewed the future
What did people in the past think about the future and how did this affect their actions? This is the question the EU-funded Back2theFuture project will try to answer. It will draw on a highly innovative combination of close and distant reading methods for more than 15 000 letters written in Dutch, English, French, German and Italian – by and to European merchants – in the period 1400-1830. According to the researchers, these practical documents will allow them to identify the merchants’ thinking and shed light on their future expectations. By reviewing letters from various European regions and over a span of several hundred years, the project will be able to identify transformations.
Funding SchemeERC-STG - Starting Grant
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