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 (hĭ-stôr′ĭ-kəl, -stŏr′-)
a. Of or relating to history; concerned with past events: a historical account.
b. Based on past events or set in the past: a historical novel.
c. Used in or providing evidence of the past: historical costumes; historical records.
2. Concerned with phenomena as they change through time: a historical dictionary.
3. Important or famous in history. See Usage Note at historic.

his·tor′i·cal·ly adv.
his·tor′i·cal·ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.historicalness - the state of having in fact existed in the past
reality - the state of the world as it really is rather than as you might want it to be; "businessmen have to face harsh realities"
2.historicalness - significance owing to its history
significance - the quality of being significant; "do not underestimate the significance of nuclear power"
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I argue that, as lines and dots are put in place to demarcate what is historical and what is not, cartography is not a problem-free objective instrument, but a tool to conveniently map historicalness of a site while the larger, more complex historicity of that site is largely ignored.
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In lending Berlin the pleasant "historicalness" the tourism industry demands, the castle will irrevocably remodel (sanieren, which also means "to sanitize" and "to restore to profitability") the site's actual history.

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