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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