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Alexander the Great and his empire : a short introduction

Author: Pierre Briant; Amélie Kuhrt
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: This is the first publication in English of Pierre Briant's classic short history of Alexander the Great's conquest of the Persian empire, from the Mediterranean to Central Asia. Eschewing a conventional biographical focus, this is the only book in any language that sets the rise of Alexander's short-lived empire within the broad context of ancient Near Eastern history under Achaemenid Persian  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Alexander, the Great; Alexander, the Great; Alexander, the Great; König III ) Alexander (Makedonien; Alexander, the Great
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Pierre Briant; Amélie Kuhrt
ISBN: 9780691141947 0691141940 9780691154459 0691154457
OCLC Number: 465681769
Notes: Originally published under the title Alexandre le Grand. Paris : Presses universitaires de France, 1974.
Awards: Runner-up for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2010.
Description: xxi, 192 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Alexander before the expedition to Asia Minor (356-334) --
I. The major stages of the conquest (334-323). From Granicus to the fall of Tyre (May 334-summer 332) ; From Tyre to the Euphrates (summer 332-summer 331) ; The end of Darius and the final submission of Greece (summer 331-summer 330) ; Guerillas in the Eastern Satrapies and Macedonian opposition (summer 330-spring 327) ; The conquest of India and the return via the Persian Gulf (327-325) ; The last years (324-323) --
II. The origins and objectives of the conquest. The unsatisfactory nature of explanations based on personality and psychology ; The heritage of Philip II ; Alexander and the royal territories of the Achaemenids ; "War of liberation" and "War of reprisal": the limits of Alexander's Philhellenism ; The conquest of India and return via the Persian Gulf ; The problem of the "last plans" --
III. Resistance to the conquest. The resistance of Darius (334-330) ; Underground resistance and open revolt in Greece ; Resistance and reprisals in the Eastern Satrapies (330-327) ; The discontent of the Macedonian soldiery (330-324) --
IV. The administration, defense, and exploitation of the conquered lands. The different degrees of royal authority ; Territorial control and the management of the population ; Conquest and "economic development" --
V. Alexander among Macedonians, Greeks, And Iranians. Conquest and surrender: contradiction and opposition ; A policy for the future (325-323) --
Conclusion: The king is dead! Long live the king? --
Appendix : The history of Alexander today: a provisional assessment and some future directions.
Other Titles: Alexandre le Grand.
Responsibility: Pierre Briant ; translated by Amélie Kuhrt.

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