Ancient History: Evidence and Models by M. I. Finley

By M. I. Finley

During this examine, the writer demanding situations the existing traditions of studying and writing approximately historical civilizations. He questions, for instance, the precise prestige accorded to vintage texts, exposes the fake assumptions historians have made, in line with constrained info, and provides the failings inherent in traditional factors of the Greek city-state. Emphasizing the necessity to ask definitely the right questions with the intention to extend our figuring out of lifestyles within the historic international, this paintings indicates how historians may possibly higher take care of the facts that's to be had and provides replacement equipment that may be used to reconstruct background.

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26 Sanctuaries that used to be exclusively elite now cater to the hoi polloi. 2 million (card collectors spend $2 billion annually). The generals and grandees glowering along the walls of Britain s National Portrait Gallery are now outfaced by grinning athletes, pop stars, and media celebrities. To be sure, some decry such plebeian trends. " carped a critic in 1993, when England's National Trust was bequeathed a Victorian semidetached house in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, that had been kept in a time warp for sixty years by its reclusive tenants.

This chapter reviews what legatees and legators seek from each other, why legacy aims change, and how personal bequests link—or conflict—with public endowment. T H E BLESSINGS OF INHERITANCE In the narrow legal sense, we normally inherit on the death of parents or other kin. But their bequests are only a fraction of a larger legacy of teachings, precepts, and habits drummed into or emulated by us since infancy. These hopes, fears, and customs reach us throughout life. They come not only from progenitors but from myriad mentors and models.

In 1980s France, a Socialist regime legitimated a wide range of working-class legacies. "28 Populist in theory since the Revolution, American heritage became visibly proletarian after the Civil War, when (as noted in Chapter 6), George Washington got repackaged from austere aristocrat into common man. Australians zealously promote the folk past with museums dwelling 16 • The Heritage Crusade and the Spoils of History on migration and newcomers, the poor and homeless, and events within living memory.

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