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Author Briant, Pierre, author.

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

Publication Info. Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, [2017]

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 Moore Stacks  DF234.2 .B74713 2017    Available  ---
Description viii, 482 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Note "First published as Alexandre des lumieres: fragments d'histoire européenne by Pierre Briant © Editions Gallimard, Paris, 2012."--Title page verso
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: Fragments of European history -- I. A critical history -- History, morals, and philosophy -- Alexander in Europe: erudition and history -- II. 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 -- German Alexanders -- IV. The sense of history -- After Alexander? -- Alexander, Europe, and the immobile Orient.
Language Translated from the French.
Subject Alexander, the Great, 356 B.C.-323 B.C.
Hellenism -- Influence.
Hellenism -- Historiography.
History, Ancient -- Historiography.
Europe -- Intellectual life -- 18th century.
Greece -- History -- Macedonian Expansion, 359-323 B.C. -- Historiography.
Alexander, the Great, 356 B.C.-323 B.C.
Macedonian Expansion (Greece : 359-323 B.C.)
Hellenism -- Historiography.
Hellenism -- Influence.
History, Ancient -- Historiography.
Intellectual life.
Chronological Term 359 B.C.-1799 A.D.
Genre/Form History.
Added Title Alexandre des lumières. English
Translation Of: Translation of: Briant, Pierre. Alexandre des Lumières. Paris : Gallimard, ©2012 9782070131716 (DLC) 2013445188 (OCoLC)814302834
ISBN 9780674659667 hard cover : alk. paper)
Standard No. 40026720916