Unthinking the Greek Polis: Ancient Greek History beyond Eurocentrism

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Cambridge University Press, 25 ott 2007
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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An archaeology of discourses
13
The ancient discourses on the polis
68
concepts and models
85
a critique
97
the polis vs Oriental despotism
101
ancient vs medievalmodern
123
the polis as part of a systèmemonde
143
poleis and koinôniai
147
Poleis and space
156
Poleis and polities
190
Poleis and time
203
Towards new master narratives of Greek history?
221
References
241
Index
284
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Pagina 19 - Political economy, considered as a branch of the science of a statesman or legislator, proposes two distinct objects : first, to provide a plentiful revenue or subsistence for the people, or, more properly, to enable them to provide such a revenue or subsistence for themselves ; and secondly, to supply the state or commonwealth with a revenue sufficient for the public services. It proposes to enrich both the people and the sovereign.
Pagina 5 - Silences enter the process of historical production at four crucial moments: the moment of fact creation (the making of sources); the moment of fact assembly (the making of archives'); the moment of fact retrieval (the making of narratives); and the moment of retrospective significance (the making of history in the final instance).
Pagina 9 - If there are connections everywhere, why do we persist in turning dynamic, interconnected phenomena into static, disconnected things?

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