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by M. I. Finley

ISBN: 0670742155
ISBN13: 978-0670742158
Language: English
Publisher: Viking Adult; 1st edition (June 9, 1975)
Pages: 253
Category: Historical Study and Educational Resources
Subategory: History

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by. Finley, M. I. (Moses ., 1912-.

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Apr 21, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it it was amazing. Secondly, there are articles dealing with problems within ancient history itself, including specific issues which arise from mistakes in method (articles on legal issues, claiming that too great a use is made of very late documents to make up for the scarcity of earlier information, and an article on Sparta, which is just about the only Greek state which tends to be analysed.

Moreover I hate everything that merely instructs me without increasing or directly quickening my activity

Moreover I hate everything that merely instructs me without increasing or directly quickening my activity. These words of Goethe, like a sincere ceterum censeo may well stand at the head of my thoughts on the worth and the worthlessness of history

The Use and Abuse of History (1975). Ancient History: Evidence and Models (1985) ," Times Literary Supplement, 24 December 2004, pp. 18–19.

The Use and Abuse of History (1975). Schliemann's Troy: One Hundred Years After (1975). Ancient History: Evidence and Models (1985). " Times Literary Supplement, 24 December 2004, pp. Morris, Ian. "Foreword," The Ancient Economy by Moses I. Finley. Berkeley; Los Angeles; London: University of California Press, 1999 (paperback, ISBN 0-520-21946-5), pp. ix–xxxvi.

This is a collection of essays on ancient history, the methodology of history and on some additional miscellaneous topics by Moses Finley. I enjoyed the first 6 essays, but the other 6 were just a bit. Leggi recensione completa. Preface page 9. ii. The Ancestral Constitution.

Yet Finley's immense and detailed knowledge of ancient societies is matched by his equally challenging insights . The most outstanding of these essays is the one that lends itself to the title of the work, the use and abuse of history.

Yet Finley's immense and detailed knowledge of ancient societies is matched by his equally challenging insights into far larger topics of historical technique (can archaeology and anthropology really teach us much about ancient history?) the dangers of easy generalisations (was there ever really a Greek "nation"?) and the ways in which we all use the past to deal with our present problems. why have political activists from Isocrates to Edmund Burke and F D Roosevelt all preached a return to some kind of "ancestral constitution"?).

Book Overview The book also considers what the classical tradition has to offer us. From the author of "The Ancient Greeks".

This volume is a collection of essays ranging from detailed studies of ancient societies to a discussion of the broader topics of historical technique. The book also considers what the classical tradition has to offer us. ISBN13:9780701207267.

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Shaktit
I am perhaps the wrong person to be saying this - anyone who browses through my reviews will discover plenty of certainties - but there is something about the brilliant, all too brilliant Sir Moses I. Finley that is thoroughly off-putting. He is often right; but not as often as he is certain that he is right - and worse, that he is clever. Some of the historians he condemns may have richly deserved their condemnation; nevertheless, there is a sense that he is kneeling at the altar of his own genius and burning odorous incense to himself.
Having said that, his studies are almost uniformly important and often indispensable. It is remarkable how one not particularly long or comprehensive article about Sparta - reprinted here - has managed to set the stage for studies about Laconia ever since; and yet Sparta as such was a bit of a side-show to Finley, whose main interests were in law, society and economics. It is very difficult to investigate any aspect of Classical Greek and Roman civilization without, sooner or later, having to deal with his views; and for that reason alone, his books should always be read. There is also the fact that, however irritating his sense of superiority may be, he so often takes moral positions that are eminently sane, sensible and acceptable. There are few freaks with Sir Moses; and plenty of insights; but there is always that slight sense of self-satisfaction...

Gardall
If you are interested in Finley start with The World of Odysseus and The Ancient Economy. This is second-rate Finley but second-rate Finley is better than first-rate almost anything else.

heart of sky
M.I.Finley is a distinquish scholar of the classical world and is one of the leading authorities on Aristotle. This selection of essays give some sense to the extent of his considerable learning. The most outstanding of these essays is the one that lends itself to the title of the work, the use and abuse of history. In it Finley explores the ways that politicians throughout the beginning of time have used history to force forward their own agendas. One wonders if anyone is ever concerned with implementing something new, rather than merely putting new wine in old bottles and hoping the various involved parties will construe it as the some old thing.
This is a very dishonest way to carry out business, and Finley is fairly even-handed in his condemnations. However, Finley does avoid answering the larger question, why does the practice continue?
I think anyone seeking to understand the real workings of history by one committed to a truthful exploration of the past, rather than someone's hidden agenda (and the best seller lists are frequently filled with these) should sit down and read this fascinating book.

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