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The First European: A History of Alexander in the Age of Empire

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This book has been read but is in very good condition. The dust jacket has signs of worn edges but they are hardly noticeable. All the internal pages are clean and free from marks and comments, apart from page 189/190 which is creased. See photograph. The spine is intact.

The exploits of Alexander the Great were so remarkable that for centuries after his death the Macedonian ruler seemed a figure more of legend than of history. Thinkers of the European Enlightenment, searching for ancient models to understand contemporary affairs, were the first to critically interpret Alexander s achievements. As Pierre Briant shows, in the minds of eighteenth-century intellectuals and philosophes, Alexander was the first European: a successful creator of empire who opened the door to new sources of trade and scientific knowledge, and an enlightened leader who brought the fruits of Western civilisation to an oppressed and backward Orient.

In France, Scotland, England, and Germany, Alexander the Great became an important point of reference in discourses from philosophy and history to political economy and geography. Voltaire, Montesquieu, and Robertson asked what lessons Alexander's empire-building had to teach modern Europeans. They saw the ancient Macedonian as the embodiment of the rational and benevolent Western ruler, a historical model to be emulated as Western powers accelerated their colonial expansion into Asia, India, and the Middle East.

For a Europe that had to contend with the formidable Ottoman Empire, Alexander provided an important precedent as the conqueror who had brought great tyrants of the "Orient" to heel. As The First European makes clear, in the minds of Europe s leading thinkers, Alexander was not an aggressive militarist but a civilising force whose conquests revitalised Asian lands that had lain stagnant for centuries under the lash of despotic rulers."

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Author(s):
Pierre Briant (Author), Nicholas Elliott (Author)
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2012
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
496
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Title:
The First European: A History of Alexander in the Age of Empire

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This book has been read but is in very good condition. The dust jacket has signs of worn edges but they are hardly noticeable. All the internal pages are clean and free from marks and comments, apart from page 189/190 which is creased. See photograph. The spine is intact.

The exploits of Alexander the Great were so remarkable that for centuries after his death the Macedonian ruler seemed a figure more of legend than of history. Thinkers of the European Enlightenment, searching for ancient models to understand contemporary affairs, were the first to critically interpret Alexander s achievements. As Pierre Briant shows, in the minds of eighteenth-century intellectuals and philosophes, Alexander was the first European: a successful creator of empire who opened the door to new sources of trade and scientific knowledge, and an enlightened leader who brought the fruits of Western civilisation to an oppressed and backward Orient.

In France, Scotland, England, and Germany, Alexander the Great became an important point of reference in discourses from philosophy and history to political economy and geography. Voltaire, Montesquieu, and Robertson asked what lessons Alexander's empire-building had to teach modern Europeans. They saw the ancient Macedonian as the embodiment of the rational and benevolent Western ruler, a historical model to be emulated as Western powers accelerated their colonial expansion into Asia, India, and the Middle East.

For a Europe that had to contend with the formidable Ottoman Empire, Alexander provided an important precedent as the conqueror who had brought great tyrants of the "Orient" to heel. As The First European makes clear, in the minds of Europe s leading thinkers, Alexander was not an aggressive militarist but a civilising force whose conquests revitalised Asian lands that had lain stagnant for centuries under the lash of despotic rulers."

Author(s):
Pierre Briant (Author), Nicholas Elliott (Author)
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2012
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
496
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Title:
The First European: A History of Alexander in the Age of Empire

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