Unthinking the Greek Polis by Kostas Vlassopoulos
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Unthinking the Greek Polis
By Kostas Vlassopoulos

Unthinking the Greek Polis

Ancient Greek History Beyond Eurocentrism

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Unthinking the Greek Polis by Kostas Vlassopoulos

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This 2007 study explores how modern scholars came to write Greek history from a Eurocentric perspective and challenges orthodox readings of Greek history as part of the history of the West. Since the Greeks lacked a national state or a unified society, economy or culture, the polis has helped to create a homogenising national narrative. This book re-examines old polarities such as those between the Greek poleis and Eastern monarchies, or between the ancient consumer and the modern producer city, in order to show the fallacies of standard approaches. It argues for the relevance of Aristotle's concept of the polis, which is interpreted in an intriguing manner. Finally, it proposes an alternative way of looking at Greek history as part of a Mediterranean world-system. This interdisciplinary study engages with debates on globalisation, nationalism, Orientalism and history writing, while also debating developments in classical studies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521877442
ISBN-10: 052187744X
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Kostas Vlassopoulos

Kostas Vlassopoulos is Lecturer in Greek History at the University of Nottingham.

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