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    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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    Unthinking the Greek Polis
    Ancient Greek History Beyond Eurocentrism
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kostas Vlassopoulos
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 621 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521877442
    ISBN 10: 052187744X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: HIS016000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, HIS002010
    DC22: 938.0072
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    LC classification: DF211 .V53 2007
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    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC, NKD
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
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    Publication date
    01 December 2007
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    Author Information
    Kostas Vlassopoulos is Lecturer in Greek History at the University of Nottingham.
    Review quote
    "Anyone interested in Greek history will be stimulated by Vlassopoulos' book." --BMCR
    Table of contents
    Part I. Defining the Contexts of Thinking about the Polis: 1. An archaeology of discourses; 2. The ancient discourses on the polis; 3. Making use of Aristotle: concepts and models; Part II. Rethinking the Contexts. The Polis as an Entity: a Critique: 4. East and West, Greece and the East: the polis vs. Oriental despotism; 5. The consumer city: Ancient vs. Medieval/Modern; Part III. The Polis as Part of a Systeme-Monde: 6. The polis as a unit of analysis: poleis and koinoniai; 7. Poleis and space; 8. Poleis and polities; 9. Poleis and time; 10. Towards new master narratives of Greek history?