The second edition of Early Greece was published in 1993, and has been translated into many languages. My publisher seems uninterested in a new edition, and since the book is still in print I cannot reclaim the copyright.
The main text has introduced successive generations to the study of early Greece, and it has become the classic introduction to the period whose narrative is presupposed by all subsequent writers. The narrative rests on the belief in the coherence theory of history and the complex interrelationship between events and the forces of history: while individual elements in the picture have been criticised, no general alternative account of the period has been proposed.
I therefore intend to leave the narrative as it stands, and construct a new 'Further Reading', which will be made available here. In it I shall update the information where new facts have emerged and give references to more recent suitable bibliography. But my main aim will be to write a critical commentary on my former views, indicating where I have changed my mind, leaving the reader once more to construct his or her own view of the past.
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