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    Seeking new classics in a crisis: modernity as ancient history in German thought

    Gray, Benjamin (2020) Seeking new classics in a crisis: modernity as ancient history in German thought. In: Goff, B. and Simpson, M. (eds.) Classicising Crisis: the Modern Age of Revolution and the Greco-Roman Repertoire (Routledge 2020). London, UK: Routledge, pp. 148-167. ISBN 9780815361770.

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    Book synopsis: Geopolitical shifts and economic shocks, from the Early Modern period to the 21st century, are frequently represented in terms of classical antecedents. In this book, an international team of contributors - working across the disciplines of Classics, History, Politics, and English - addresses a range of revolutionary transformations, in England, America, France, Haiti, Greece, Italy, Russia, Germany, and a recently globalised world, all of which were accorded the classical treatment. The chapters investigate discrete cases of classicising crisis, while the Introduction highlights patterns among them. The book asks: are classical equations a prized ideal, when evidence warrants, or linkages forced by an implacable will to power, or good faith attempts to make sense of events otherwise bafflingly unfamiliar and dangerous? Finally, do the events thus classicised retain, even increase, their power to disturb and energise, or are they ultimately contained? Classicising Crisis: The Modern Age of Revolutions and the Greco-Roman Repertoire is essential reading for students and scholars of classics, classical reception, and political thought in Europe and the Americas.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Benjamin Gray
    Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2020 09:32
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:00


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