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Title Democracy : a life / Paul Cartledge.
Author Cartledge, Paul, author.
Publication New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
Description xxvi, 383 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Call # 321.809 C
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: -- Preface and Acknowledgements -- Illustrations -- Timeline -- Prologue Introduction: Lost in Translation? Modern and Contemporary Appropriations of Democracy I -- ACT I -- Chapter 1: Sources, Ancient and Modern -- Chapter 2: The Emergence of the Polis/Politics/the Political: Modern and Contemporary Appropriations of Democracy II -- ACT II -- Chapter 3: The Emergence of Greek Democracy I: Archaic Greece -- Chapter 4: The Emergence of Greek Democracy II: Athens 508/7 -- Chapter 5: The Emergence of Greek Democracy III: Athens 508/7-451/0 -- Chapter 6: Greek Democratic Theory -- Chapter 7; Athenian Democracy in Practice c. 450-335 -- Chapter 8: Athenian Democracy as a Culture c. 450-335 -- Chapter 9: Greek Democracy in Credit and Crisis I: Fifth Century -- Chapter 10: Athenian Democracy in Court: the Trials of Demos and Socrates -- ACT III -- Chapter 11: Greek Democracy in Credit and Crisis II: The Golden Age of Greek Democracy (c.375-50) and its Critics -- Chapter 12: Athenian Democracy at Work in the 'Age of Lycurgus'? -- Chapter 13: Classical Greek Democracy: a Retrospect -- ACT IV -- Chapter 14: Hellenistic 'Democracy'? Democracy in Deficit c. 323-86 BCE -- Chapter 15: Roman Republic: a sort of Democracy? [I: Polybius's Roman Constitution -- II: the 'Millar Thesis'] -- Chapter 16: Democracy Denied: the Roman and Early Byzantine Empire -- Chapter 17: Democracy Eclipsed: Late Antiquity, European Middle Ages & the Renaissance -- ACT V -- Chapter 18: Democracy Revived I: England in the 17th Century -- Chapter 19: Democracy Revived II: France in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries -- Chapter 20: Democracy Revived III: the United States in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries -- Chapter 21: Democracy Reinvented II: Tocqueville's America -- Chapter 22: Democracy Reinvented II: 19th-century Britain -- Epilogue Democracy Now: Retrospect & Prospects -- Notes -- References and Further Reading -- Index.
Summary "Ancient Greece first coined the concept of "democracy," yet almost every major ancient Greek thinker--from Plato and Aristotle onwards--were ambivalent or even hostile to democracy in any form. The explanation is quite simple: the elite perceived majority power as tantamount to a dictatorship of the proletariat. In ancient Greece there can be traced not only the rudiments of modern democratic society but the entire Western tradition of anti-democratic thought. In Democracy: A Life, Paul Cartledge provides a detailed history of this ancient political system. In addition, by drawing out the salient differences between ancient and modern forms of democracy he enables a richer understanding of both. Cartledge contends that there is no one "ancient Greek democracy" as pure and simple as is often believed. Democracy surveys the emergence and development of Greek politics, the invention of political theory, and-intimately connected to the latter-the birth of democracy, first at Athens in c. 500 BCE and then at its greatest flourishing in the Greek world around 350 BCE. Cartledge then traces the decline of genuinely democratic Greek institutions at the hands of the Macedonians and--subsequently and decisively--the Romans. Authoritative and accessible, Democracy: A Life will be regarded as the best account of ancient democracy and its long afterlife"-- Provided by publisher.
"Democracy: A Life holds out three unique research aims: a proper understanding of the origins and variety of ancient Greek democracies; a detailed account of the fate of democracy - both the institution and the word - in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds from the fifth century BCE to the 6th century CE; and a nuanced exploration of the ways in which all ancient Greek democracies differed from all modern so-called 'democracies'"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Democracy -- Greece -- History -- To 1500.
Greece -- Politics and government -- To 146 B.C.
Democracy -- History.
ISBN 9780199837458 (hardcover) :
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