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Apologies to Thucydides

January 15, 2014

ISBN: 9780226103822 - Apologies to Thucydides

Apologies to Thucydides now in stock £14.00

Thucydides’ classic work on the history of the Peloponnesian War is the root of Western conceptions of history – including the ethnocentric idea that Thucydides’ historiography was universally valid, applicable to all societies at all times. Here, however, Marshall Sahlins takes on Thucydides’ history with a groundbreaking book that shows how different cultures develop different modes of historical production. Ranging from the Peloponnesian War to the nineteenth-century fight over the Fiji Islands to Bobby Thomson’s “shot heard round the world” for the 1951 Giants to the history-making of Napoleon, he demonstrates again and again 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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