Comparing Comparisons: Ancient East and West

12 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2013

Date Written: March 30, 2013

Abstract

Comparative history is an essential element of the historian's toolkit. This paper surveys the benefits and challenges of historical comparison and examines recent work that adopts a comparative perspective on ancient Mediterranean and East Asian civilizations.

Keywords: Comparative history, Classics, Ancient history, Early China

Suggested Citation

Scheidel, Walter, Comparing Comparisons: Ancient East and West (March 30, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2242307 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2242307

Walter Scheidel (Contact Author)

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305-2145
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www,stanford.edu/~scheidel

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