Peace in the Ancient World

Peace in the Ancient World : Concepts and Theories

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Peace in the Ancient World: Concepts and Theories conducts a comparative investigation of why certain ancient societies produced explicit concepts and theories of peace and others did not. * Explores the idea that concepts of peace in antiquity occurred only in periods that experienced exceptional rates of warfare * Utilizes case studies of civilizations in China, India, Egypt, and Greece * Complements the 2007 volume War and Peace in the Ancient World, drawing on ideas from that work and providing a more comprehensive examination
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Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 173 x 249 x 16mm | 456g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 111864512X
  • 9781118645123
  • 1,107,906

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Peace in the Ancient World: Concepts and Theories conducts a comparative investigation into why certain ancient societies produced explicit concepts and theories of peace, while others did not. The volume discusses the possibility that concepts of peace were most likely to develop in regions and periods which experienced higher rates of warfare than usual.

Focusing on case studies from China, India, Egypt, and Greece, an international group of renowned scholars specifically and systematically explore the ways and reasons through which these societies did or did not produce public discourse, specific concepts, and theories of peace. The scholarship in this volume draws on themes from War and Peace in the Ancient World (Wiley, 2007), building out a more comprehensive picture of ancient concepts of peace and the factors that influenced societies to develop these conceptualizations.
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Table of contents

Notes on Contributors vii Series Editor s Preface ix Introduction 1 Kurt A. Raaflaub 1 Abhorring War, Yearning for Peace: The Quest for Peace in the Ancient World 12 Kurt A. Raaflaub 2 Concepts of Peace in Ancient Egypt 43 Susanne Bickel 3 Thinking about Peace in Ancient India 67 Johannes Bronkhorst 4 Searching for Peace in the Warring States: Philosophical Debates and the Management of Violence in Early China 98 Robin D. S. Yates 5 Greek Concepts and Theories of Peace 122 Kurt A. Raaflaub 6 Broadening the Scope: Thinking about Peace in the Pre-Modern World 158 Hans Van Wees Index 181
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"Considering how under-studied ancient peace is compared with conflict, this work is a welcome and important contribution to an increasingly topical subject; the issues addressed concern scholars not only in peace, but in international relations, state doctrines, philosophical schools and historiography, which provides the book with the benefit of a wide readership. By allowing for cultural comparisons, the book allows for a wider engagement concerning the issues that are usually omitted in political discussions of antiquity... Raaflaub and the other scholars deserve credit for bringing this research gap to the forefront..." Bryn Mawr Classical Review Blog
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About Kurt A. Raaflaub

Kurt A. Raaflaub is the David Herlihy University Professor and Professor of Classics at Brown University, Emeritus. His numerous publications include authorship or editorship of 20 scholarly books, in addition to more than 120 articles in journals and essay collections. Raaflaub is the editor of Wiley Blackwell s Ancient World: Comparative Histories series, and is the editor of War and Peace in the Ancient World (Blackwell, 2006).
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