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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 : Harvard University Press, 2017.

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Description 1 online resource (viii, 482 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
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 -- Conclusion.
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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.
Macedonian Expansion (Greece : 359-323 B.C.)
Chronological Term 359 B.C.-1799 A.D.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Title Alexandre des lumières. English
Other Form: Print version: Briant, Pierre. Alexandre des lumières English. First European. Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, [2017] 9780674659667 (DLC) 2016009269 (OCoLC)943710213
ISBN 9780674972841 (electronic bk.)
0674972848 (electronic bk.)