Theories, Models and Concepts in Ancient History / Edition 1

Theories, Models and Concepts in Ancient History / Edition 1

by Neville Morley, Morley Neville
     
 

"The place of 'theory' in the study of the past is controversial. Some historians believe that the use of ideas and concepts from disciplines like economics and sociology produces anachronistic and distorted accounts. Others argue that all historians use generalisations about human nature and the workings of society - in other words, some sort of 'theory' - but that… See more details below

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"The place of 'theory' in the study of the past is controversial. Some historians believe that the use of ideas and concepts from disciplines like economics and sociology produces anachronistic and distorted accounts. Others argue that all historians use generalisations about human nature and the workings of society - in other words, some sort of 'theory' - but that most are unconscious of the assumptions on which their accounts of the past depend, a position with its own set of problems." "Neville Morley's book offers a guide for students to how theories, models and concepts have been applied to ancient history. It shows readers how they can use theory to interpret historical evidence for themselves, as well as to evaluate the work of others." The book concludes a survey of key ideas and theories on a wide range of ancient historical topics, including society and economy, the environment, gender and sexuality, myth and rationality. An annotated guide to further reading on all the topics covered is also provided.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415248761
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Series:
Approaching the Ancient World Series
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1Approaches : the problem of theory1
2Ancient and modern : the invention of the ancient economy33
3The limits of the possible51
4Class and status71
5A sense of identity89
6Myth and reason105
Afterword : speaking theory131

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