The Persian Wars as the ‘Origin’ of Historiography: <i>Ancient and Modern Orientalism in George Grote’s</i> History of Greece

Alexandra Lianeri

in Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780199279678
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191707261 | DOI:
The Persian Wars as the ‘Origin’ of Historiography: Ancient and Modern Orientalism in George Grote’s History of Greece

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This chapter considers the new trends in academic discussion of the Persian Wars in the wake of the reforms of the 1830s, articulated above all in George Grote's work in Greek history. It relates Grote's analysis of the Persian Wars not only to contemporary British legislation but also to German Idealism, in particular the Kantian notion of war as the supreme force bringing man to a state of civilization, and the Hegelian principle of historical dialectic. The Persian Wars, and the advances achieved through them, thus become the foundation text not only of Enlightenment notions of liberty, but of early Victorian civil-democratic society.

Keywords: Persian Wars; George Grote; German Idealism; British legislation; Kant; war; Hegel; historical dialectic

Chapter.  11093 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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