History of the Greek City States, 700-338 B. C.

ISBN-10: 0520031776

ISBN-13: 9780520031777

Edition: N/A

Authors: Raphael Sealey
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Description: This book introduces the reader to the serious study of Greek history, concentrating more on problems than on narrative. The topics selected have been prominent in modern research and references to important discussions of these have been provided. Outlined are controversial issues of which differing views can be defended. Mr. Sealey's preference is for interpretations which see Greek history as the interaction of personalities, rather than for those which see it as a struggle for economic classes or of abstract ideas. Sealey assumes that the Greek cities of the archaic and classical periods did not inherit any political institutions from the Bronze Age; that the extensive invasions that brought Mycenaean civilization to an end destroyed political habits as effectively as stone palaces. Accordingly, he believes that the Greeks of the historic period were engaged in the fundamental enterprise of building organized society out of nothing. The first chapters of this work deal with the stops taken by the early tyrants, in Sparta and Athens, toward constructing stable organs of authority and of political expression. In later chapters, interest shifts to relations that developed between the states and especially to the development of lasting alliances. Attention is given to the Peloponnesian League, to the Persian Wars, to the Delian League, and to the Second Athenian Sea League of the fourth century.

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/28/1976
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 544
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.628

Raphael Sealey is professor of history at the University of California at Berkeley. His books include The Athenian Republic: Democracy or the Rule of Law?.

List of Maps
List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Preface
The Development of the City-State and the Persian Wars
The Era of Hegmonic Leagues
Leagues of More Equal Type
Note on the Athenian Calendar
List of Technical Terms
Index
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