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Ancient Athens and Modern Ideology. Value, Theory and Evidence in Historical Sciences : Max Weber, Karl Polanyi and Moses Finley
by Mohammad Nafissi




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The question of the foundations of the Athenian political economy has stimulated much debate from the late 19th century and throughout the 20th century, perhaps the three best-known proponents being Max Weber, Karl Polanyi and, most recently, Moses Finley. Based on his doctoral research, Mohammed Nafissi examines the dialogue between the primitivist/substantivist, and modernist and Marxist camps attempting to presents a consensual resolution to the debate by examining the interplay of values, theories and evidence' in the works of these three scholars. Focusing on each figure in turn, but tracing particular debates throughout the chapters, he presents a critique of their theories, suggesting how and why they were wrong about the rise of Athems and its achievements and how issues such as Marxism, socialism and modernism figured in their debates.

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The question of the foundations of the Athenian political economy has stimulated much debate from the late 19th century and throughout the 20th century, perhaps the three best-known proponents being Max Weber, Karl Polanyi and, most recently, Moses Finley. Based on his doctoral research, Mohammed Nafissi examines the dialogue between the primitivist/substantivist, and modernist and Marxist camps attempting to presents a consensual resolution to the debate by examining the interplay of values, theories and evidence' in the works of these three scholars. Focusing on each figure in turn, but tracing particular debates throughout the chapters, he presents a critique of their theories, suggesting how and why they were wrong about the rise of Athems and its achievements and how issues such as Marxism, socialism and modernism figured in their debates.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780900587917
  • ISBN-10: 0900587911
  • Publisher: Institute of Classical Studies
  • Publish Date: June 2005
  • Page Count: 325


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