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Apologies to Thucydides: Understanding History as Culture and Vice Versa

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Thucydides' classic work on the history of the Peloponnesian War is the root of Western conceptions of history—including the idea that Western history is the foundation of everyone else's. Here, Marshall Sahlins takes on Thucydides and the conceptions of history he wrought with a groundbreaking new book that shows what a difference an anthropological concept of culture can ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by University Of Chicago Press
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who knew Fiji could be so exciting? Also baseball and elian gonzalez interludes were structuralismatastic. I hope no-one reads these.
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An incredible book for a number of reasons, chief among them of course being the provocative comparison that yields much fruit: ancient Greek political relationships and late eighteenth-century / early nineteenth-century Fiji political relationships are eerily similar.. Within this thought, and its implied secondary layer of comparisons (between Athens and Sparta, and two somewhat equivalent Fiji powers), Sahlins develops a framework for his investigations:
[C]ompeting societies are usefully cons
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Marshall David Sahlins (/ˈsɑːlɪnz/ SAH-linz; born December 27, 1930) is an American anthropologist best known for his ethnographic work in the Pacific and for his contributions to anthropological theory. He is currently Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago.
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