Unthinking the Greek Polis
Ancient Greek History Beyond Eurocentrism
By (author) Kostas Vlassopoulos
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Unthinking the Greek Polis by Kostas Vlassopoulos
Book DescriptionThis 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 DetailsISBN: 9780521877442
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kostas Vlassopoulos
Communities and Networks in the Ancient Greek World, Hardback (April 2015)
This volume examines the diversity of networks and communities in the classical and early Hellenistic Greek world, with particular emphasis on those which took shape within and around Athens, highlighting the processes that created, modified and dissolved these communities.
Greeks and Barbarians, Paperback (August 2013)
Examines the political, social, economic and cultural interactions between Greeks and non-Greeks from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period.
Unthinking the Greek Polis, Paperback (March 2011)
This 2007 book challenges orthodox readings of Greek history centred on the polis and proposes a broader approach.
Politics, Paperback (October 2009)» View all books by Kostas Vlassopoulos
Ancient Greece is famous as the civilization which 'gave' the world democracy. Democracy has in modern times become the rallying cry of liberation from supposed totalitarianism and dictatorship. This title shows that much can be learned about the practice of politics from a comparative discussion of the classical and the contemporary politics.
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Author Biography - Kostas Vlassopoulos
Kostas Vlassopoulos is Lecturer in Greek History at the University of Nottingham.
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