Chapter

Introduction

in Knossos & the Prophets of Modernism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780226289533
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226289557 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226289557.003.0001
Introduction

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The fabled Bronze Age Palace of Knossos enjoys the dubious distinction of being one of the first reinforced concrete buildings ever erected on the island. Parts of Knossos are pure modernism. According to Arthur Evans, Knossos was the true Cretan Labyrinth. This book presents narrative attempts to understand the temple builders of the age of concrete. It also presents an account of how Europe's traumatic experience of modern warfare produced its false memory of a peaceful Cretan childhood, and then divides the history of Knossos into four periods, each structured around a war and its aftermath. From the Franco-Prussian War to the Cold War, the book examines how each of these conflicts required a different Bronze Age to serve as its prehistory or its antithesis. An overview of the chapters included in the book is finally given.

Keywords: Knossos; modernism; Arthur Evans; Europe; modern warfare; Franco-Prussian War; Cold War

Chapter.  5632 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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