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The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece, Josiah Ober

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The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece
Title
The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece
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Josiah Ober
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  • eng
  • eng
Summary
Lord Byron described Greece as great, fallen, and immortal, a characterization more apt than he knew. Through most of its long history, Greece was poor. But in the classical era, Greece was densely populated and highly urbanized. Many surprisingly healthy Greeks lived in remarkably big houses and worked for high wages at specialized occupations. Middle-class spending drove sustained economic growth and classical wealth produced a stunning cultural efflorescence lasting hundreds of years.Why did Greece reach such heights in the classical period—and why only then? And how, after "the Greek miracle" had endured for centuries, did the Macedonians defeat the Greeks, seemingly bringing an end to their glory? Drawing on a massive body of newly available data and employing novel approaches to evidence, Josiah Ober offers a major new history of classical Greece and an unprecedented account of its rise and fall.Ober argues that Greece’s rise was no miracle but rather the result of political breakthroughs and economic development. The extraordinary emergence of citizen-centered city-states transformed Greece into a society that defeated the mighty Persian Empire. Yet Philip and Alexander of Macedon were able to beat the Greeks in the Battle of Chaeronea in 338 BCE, a victory made possible by the Macedonians’ appropriation of Greek innovations. After Alexander’s death, battle-hardened warlords fought ruthlessly over the remnants of his empire. But Greek cities remained populous and wealthy, their economy and culture surviving to be passed on to the Romans—and to us. A compelling narrative filled with uncanny modern parallels, this is a book for anyone interested in how great civilizations are born and die.This book is based on evidence available on a new interactive website. To learn more, please visit: http://polis.stanford.edu/
Biographical or historical data
Josiah Ober is the Mitsotakis Professor of Political Science and Classics at Stanford University. His books include Democracy and Knowledge, Political Dissent in Democratic Athens, The Athenian Revolution, and Mass and Elite in Democratic Athens (all Princeton). He lives in Palo Alto, California.
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IN-ChSCO
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Ober, Josiah
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other
LC call number
DF77
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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De Gruyter
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  • City-states
  • Social change
  • Alte Geschichte, Archäologie
  • Ancient History
  • City-states
  • Civilization
  • Classical Studies
  • Economic history
  • Politics and government
  • Social change
  • Business & Economics
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
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specialized
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The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece, Josiah Ober
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Publication
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online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 3. Political Animals: A Theory of Decentralized Cooperation
  • 4. Wealthy Hellas: Measuring Efflorescence
  • 5. Explaining Hellas’ Wealth: Fair Rules and Competition
  • 6. Citizens and Specialization before 550 BCE
  • 7. From Tyranny to Democracy, 550–465 BCE
  • 8. Golden Age of Empire, 478–404 BCE
  • 9. Disorder and Growth, 403–340 BCE
  • 10. Political Fall, 359–334 BCE
  • 11. Creative Destruction and Immortality
  • Appendix I: Regions of the Greek World: Population, Size, Fame
  • Frontmatter
  • Appendix II: King, City, and Elite Game: Josiah Ober and Barry Weingast
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Contents
  • Images and Tables
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • 1. The Efflorescence of Classical Greece
  • 2. Ants around a Pond: An Ecology of City-States
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource(464 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400865550
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.1515/9781400865550
Other physical details
illustrations.
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)459770
  • (OCoLC)921866941
  • (OCoLC)999360842
  • (DE-B1597)9781400865550
Label
The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece, Josiah Ober
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 3. Political Animals: A Theory of Decentralized Cooperation
  • 4. Wealthy Hellas: Measuring Efflorescence
  • 5. Explaining Hellas’ Wealth: Fair Rules and Competition
  • 6. Citizens and Specialization before 550 BCE
  • 7. From Tyranny to Democracy, 550–465 BCE
  • 8. Golden Age of Empire, 478–404 BCE
  • 9. Disorder and Growth, 403–340 BCE
  • 10. Political Fall, 359–334 BCE
  • 11. Creative Destruction and Immortality
  • Appendix I: Regions of the Greek World: Population, Size, Fame
  • Frontmatter
  • Appendix II: King, City, and Elite Game: Josiah Ober and Barry Weingast
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Contents
  • Images and Tables
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • 1. The Efflorescence of Classical Greece
  • 2. Ants around a Pond: An Ecology of City-States
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource(464 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400865550
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.1515/9781400865550
Other physical details
illustrations.
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)459770
  • (OCoLC)921866941
  • (OCoLC)999360842
  • (DE-B1597)9781400865550

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