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    DescriptionThucydides' classic work on the history of the Peloponnesian War is the root of Western conceptions of history--including the idea that Western history is the foundation of everyone else's. Here, Marshall Sahlins takes on Thucydides and the conceptions of history he wrought with a groundbreaking new book that shows what a difference an anthropological concept of culture can make to the writing of history. Sahlins begins by confronting Thucydides' account of the Peloponnesian War with an analogous "Polynesian War," the fight for the domination of the Fiji Islands (1843-55) between a great sea power (like Athens) and a great land power (like Sparta). Sahlins draws parallels between the conflicts with an eye to their respective systems of power and sovereignty as well as to Thucydides' alternation between individual (Pericles, Themistocles) and collective (the Athenians, the Spartans) actors in the making of history. Characteristic of most histories ever written, this alternation between the agency of "Great Men" and collective entities leads Sahlins to a series of incisive analyses ranging in subject matter from Bobby Thomson's "shot heard round the world" for the 1951 Giants to the history-making of Napoleon and certain divine kings to the brouhaha over Elian Gonzalez. Finally, again departing from Thucydides, Sahlins considers the relationship between cultural order and historical contingency through the recounting of a certain royal assassination that changed the course of Fijian history, a story of fratricide and war worthy of Shakespeare. In this most convincing presentation yet of his influential theory of culture, Sahlins experiments with techniques for mixing rich narrative with cultural explication in the hope of doing justice at once to the actions of persons and the customs of people. And he demonstrates the necessity of taking culture into account in the creation of history--with apologies to Thucydides, who too often did not.


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    Title
    Apologies to Thucydides
    Subtitle
    Understanding History as Culture and Vice Versa
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Marshall Sahlins
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 164 mm
    Height: 237 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 724 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780226734002
    ISBN 10: 0226734005
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JHM
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    B&T General Subject: 750
    Libri: I-HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BIC subject category V2: HBAH
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS053000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/OCEANA
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    DC22: 938.05092, 996.11
    LC classification: DF229.T6 S24 2004
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    BISAC region code: 1.7.3.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: JHM, NHAH
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1MK
    Edition
    2
    Edition statement
    2nd
    Illustrations note
    13 illustrations, 9 maps
    Publisher
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    04 January 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Marshall Sahlins is the Charles F. Grey Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. The author of numerous books, Sahlins is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
    Review quote
    "It would be hard to argue that the year's most ambitious, and in my opinion, the best and most entertaining work, is Marshall Sahlins' brilliant "Apologies to Thucydides". . . . Sahlins' attempt is to rethink the nature of historical explanation, his lifelong project, one that continues his profound and daring explorations into the ways in which history and anthropology might be thought of as overlapping, rival and complementary disciplines attempting to account for the same types of actions, events and structures."--Andrew Hadfield "Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory "