- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: The University of Chicago Press; Auflage: 2nd ed (10. Januar 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 022610382X
- ISBN-13: 978-0226103822
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,8 x 22,9 cm
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Apologies to Thucydides: Understanding History as Culture and Vice Versa (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 10. Januar 2014
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"A challenging demonstration of the work of culture--unrelenting in criticism of abstractionism, binarism, and reductionism--and a passionate statement in defense of rigorously analytical, comparative and historically sensitive ethnography that explains the particular in a way which resonates with immediate and general significance. Here Sahlins critically synthesizes major lines of thought in his own discipline--approaches in which he has often taken a leading role--and pushes towards new horizons of understanding. Just when all seemed lost, Sahlins has hit a home run not just for anthropology but for the social sciences generally. This is his best yet."--Bruce Kapferer, University of Bergen
"Let us embark with Marshall Sahlins on a fascinating journey. In a truly comparative and contrastive method, Sahlins maps the territory between critical history and reflexive anthropology."--Claude Calame, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
"No apologies needed, then, just 'thanks' to Thucydides for stimulating this creative and insightful investigation of history and culture some 2400 years after his death."--Simon Hornblower and Charles Stewart "Anthropological Quarterly "
"A demonstration of what a historiography informed by anthropology might look like. Moving easily between concrete cases and general principles, Sahlins makes a compelling argument that there is no history without culture, and vice versa. . . . As a classicist who has benefited from Sahlins's previous work, I appreciate this view of Greek history through an anthropologist's eyes. More generally, this book is a paradigm of how history and anthropology might be brought together, to the mutual enrichment of both disciplines."--William G. Thalmann "American Historical Review "
"This is an important book, and a remarkable one too. It is definitely an important moment of modern reception of Thucydides outside the constituency of classicists; it is a bold and analogical study of ancient and modern history with an anthropological approach. . . . Students of classical antiquity are likely to find the whole book interesting in various respects."--Federico Santangelo "Anzeiger fuer die Altertumswissenschaft "
"The remarkable work under review by Marshall Sahlins, for which he need apologise to no one, has cleared the path of fashionable dead wood and opened the way to a history that includes culture, and it should lead to much further enterprise in the study of Pacific culture and history."--Kerry James "Australian Journal of Anthropology "
"It would be a great pity if the readership of these brilliant essays were restricted to anthropologists or to historians of Polynesia. . . . Sahlins has raised questions that all practicing historians need to think about and has offered them some fresh answers."--Peter Burke "Journal of Modern History "
"This is an awe-inspiring work. . . . Classicists have plenty to learn from Sahlins on Thucydides, not least self-awareness about some of our disciplinary blind-spots. More broadly, Sahlin's trenchant discussion of historical agency and historical contingency will give students of history much to think about. . . . [The book] demonstrates the potential for intelligent interdisciplinary conversations to take the study of Thucydides in new directions."--Emily Greenwood "Journal of Hellenic Studies "
"Brilliant analysis, freshly and amusingly put--this is the work of a master at his best. Marshall Sahlins should apologize to Thucydides, who will never be the same for readers of this intelligent and irreverent study of how history has been constructed over the last two millennia. Squaring the circle of the individual and the collective, history and culture, it is must-read stuff for historians, anthropologists, and, indeed, anyone wishing to know the truth about the Peloponnesian War or the Polynesian War, how the Giants won the National League pennant in 1951 or why Al Gore did not become president of the United States."--Thomas R. Trautmann, University of Michigan
"This is only the foundation of Mr. Sahlins's complex book, which goes on to address questions of historical causation and agency using a wide variety of examples--including, at one point, Elian Gonzales and the 1951 New York Giants. The complete ramifications of Mr. Sahlins's argument will be appreciated best by anthropologists and historians. Even for the general reader, however, Apologies to Thucydides has much to offer, as an introduction to an unfamiliar culture and as a new perspective on our own."--Adam Kirsch"New York Sun" (12/15/2004)
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Sahlins makes a very good case for the conflicts being driven by geography and culture, more than great men. He uses the two wars to illustrate the differences between narrative history and the more modern cultural view. He even recounts the 1951 National League pennant race between the Dodgers and the Giants to illustrate his point.
Although I prefer narrative history, with its seeming movers and shakers, and its chronological descriptions of events. I have to admit that Sahlins makes very good points for "Understanding History as Culture and Vice Versa" as he subtitled this book. My only real complaint, and this extends to most works of this genre, is its intensive use of sociological jargon. Some sentences are simply unintelligible to a sociologically untrained, but otherwise literate reader.
That said, this is a good read, and certainly expanded my horizons.
This book is about "agency" and "contingency." This will lose people right away unless you knows something about Pierre Bourdieu and practice theory. Sahlins engages us in an "historiography," by showing us the logical connections beteen ancient Greek kinship systems and contemporary, yet historic, kinship relations with Bau and Rewa people and their conflict. He shows how these two 'cross-cultural comparisons' are a useful guide in understanding how an historicographic approach can benefit anthropologists, and when you illustrate how both agency and contingency can determine aleatory, stochastic chance outcomes in historic events, that the patternability to human behavior ultimately gets drawn into question. This is provocative research. He even delves into the story of Elian Gonzalez and the home run of home runs that won a World Series - all based entirely on chance outcomes that cannot be justified by statistics alone. The patterning of behavior is dependent upon holistic conditions and chance outcomes. This book... is anthropology at its best.
Within the first few pages I knew this book wasn't going to be what I was hoping for, but I stuck with it, only to be thoroughly confused at the random trains of thought expressed. It seems to me that Sahlins had a list of things to tie the Pelopennesian War to before he wrote the book, and just did whatever he could to connect them. The purpose behind this is dubious and isn't explained in a satisfying manner at all.
I just fail to see the value in this book. My recommendation: don't waste your time. The book I was looking for, as far as I'm concerned, hasn't come out yet.