Alexander the Great and His Empire A Short Introduction

ISBN-10: 0691154457

ISBN-13: 9780691154459

Edition: 2010

Authors: Pierre Briant, Am�lie Kuhrt

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This is the first publication in English of Pierre Briant's classic short history of Alexander the Great's conquest of the Persian empire, from the Mediterranean to Central Asia. Eschewing a conventional biographical focus, this is the only book in any language that sets the rise of Alexander's short-lived empire within the broad context of ancient Near Eastern history under Achaemenid Persian rule, as well as against Alexander's Macedonian background. As a renowned historian of both the Macedonians and the Persians, Briant is uniquely able to assess Alexander's significance from the viewpoint of both the conquerors and the conquered, and to trace what changed and what stayed the same as Alexander and the Hellenistic world gained ascendancy over Darius's Persia.After a short account of Alexander's life before his landing in Asia Minor, the book gives a brief overview of the major stages of his conquest. This background sets the stage for a series of concise thematic chapters that explore the origins and objectives of the conquest; the nature and significance of the resistance it met; the administration, defense, and exploitation of the conquered lands; the varying nature of Alexander's relations with the Macedonians, Greeks, and Persians; and the problems of succession following Alexander's death.For this translation, Briant has written a new foreword and conclusion, updated the main text and the thematic annotated bibliography, and added a substantial appendix in which he assesses the current state of scholarship on Alexander and suggests some directions for future research. More than ever, this masterful work provides an original and important perspective on Alexander and his empire.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 3/25/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

Pierre Briant is Emeritus Professor of History of the Achaemenid World and Alexander�e(tm)s Empire at the Collège de France.

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Translator's Note
Foreword to the American Edition
Introduction: Alexander before the Expedition to Asia Minor (356-334)
The Major Stages of the Conquest (334-323)
From Granicus to the Fall of Tyre (May 334-Summer 332)
From Tyre to the Euphrates (Summer 332-Summer 331)
The End of Darius and the Final Submission of Greece (Summer 331-Summer 330)
Guerillas in the Eastern Satrapies and Macedonian Opposition (Summer 330-Spring 327)
The Conquest of India and the Return via the Persian Gulf (327-325)
The Last Years (324-323)
The Origins and Objectives of the Conquest
The Unsatisfactory Nature of Explanations Based on Personality and Psychology
The Heritage of Philip II
Alexander and the Royal Territories of the Achaemenids
"War of Liberation" and "War of Reprisal": The Limits of Alexander's Philhellenism
The Conquest of India and Return via the Persian Gulf
The Problem of the "Last Plans"
Resistance to the Conquest
The Resistance of Darius (334-330)
Underground Resistance and Open Revolt in Greece
Resistance and Reprisals in the Eastern Satrapies (330-327)
The Discontent of the Macedonian Soldiery (330-324)
The Administration, Defense, and Exploitation of the Conquered Lands
The Different Degrees of Royal Authority
Territorial Control and the Management of the Population
Conquest and "Economic Development"
Alexander among Macedonians, Greeks, and Iranians
Conquest and Surrender: Contradiction and Opposition
A Policy for the Future (325-323)
Conclusion: The King Is Dead! Long Live the King?
An Introductory Bibliography
Appendix The History of Alexander Today: A Provisional Assessment and Some Future Directions
Index of Toponyms
General Index
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