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The first European : a history of Alexander in the age of empire / Pierre Briant ; translated by Nicholas Elliott.

Author/creator Briant, Pierre author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, [2017]
Descriptionxvi, 482 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Uniform titleAlexandre des lumières. English
Contents Introduction: Fragments of European history -- I. Development and affirmation of a critical history -- History, morals, and philosophy -- Alexander in Europe: erudition and history -- II. A new model: the conqueror-philosopher -- War, reason, and civilization -- A successful conquest -- Affirming and contesting the model -- III. Empires and nations -- Lessons of empire, from the Thames to the Indus -- Alexander in France from the Revolution to the Restoration (c. 1790-1830) -- German Alexanders (c. 1790-1830) -- IV. The sense of history -- After Alexander? -- Alexander, Europe, and the immobile Orient -- Conclusion: Assessment and perspectives: from the past to the present.
Abstract In The First European: A History of Alexander in the Age of Empire, Pierre Briant examines the revival and rewriting of the history of Alexander the Great in 18th-century Europe. To Enlightenment thinkers Alexander exemplified the West and Europe, especially in his role as the conqueror of Asia. Classical texts, ancient history, and the new science of archaeology were all deployed in the service of European empire-building. Alexander was of interest to a variety of scholars from different parts of Europe - moralists, philosophers, economists, geographers, historians, and cartographers. In the course of the long 18th century, an entirely new image of the Macedonian conqueror emerged, as the precedent of European political and commercial expansion overseas.-- Provided by publisher
General note"First published as Alexandre des lumieres: fragments d'histoire européenne by Pierre Briant © Editions Gallimard, Paris, 2012."--Title page verso
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Translation ofTranslation of: Briant, Pierre. Alexandre des Lumières. Paris : Gallimard, ©2012 9782070131716
LCCN 2016009269
ISBN9780674659667 hard cover : alk. paper)
Standard identifier# 40026720916

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