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TitleDemocracy : A life
Author Paul Cartledge
ImprintNew York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2016
Descript xxvi, 383 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


"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


Prologue: Lost in Translation? Modern and Contemporary Appropriations of Democracy I -- Sources, Ancient and Modern -- The Emergence of the Polis/Politics/the Political: Modern and Contemporary Appropriations of Democracy II -- The Emergence of Greek Democracy I: Archaic Greece -- The Emergence of Greek Democracy II: Athens 508/7 -- The Emergence of Greek Democracy III: Athens 507-451/0 -- Greek Democratic Theory? -- Athenian Democracy in Practice c. 450-335 -- Athenian Democracy: Culture and Society c. 450-335 -- Greek Democracy in Credit and Crisis I: The Fifth Century -- Athenian Democracy in Court: the Trials of Demos, Socrates, and Ctesiphon -- Greek Democracy in Credit and Crisis II: The Golden Age of Greek Democracy (c. 375-350) and Its Critics -- Athenian Democracy at Work in the 'Age of Lycurgus' -- The Strange Death of Classical Greek Democracy: a Retrospect -- Hellenistic Democracy? Democracy in Deficit c. 323-86 BCE -- The Roman Republic: a sort of Democracy? -- Democracy Denied: the Roman and Early Byzantine Empires -- Democracy Eclipsed: Late Antiquity, the European Middle Ages, and the Renaissance -- Democracy Revived: England in the Seventeenth Century and France in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenthh Centuries -- Democracy Reinvented: the United States in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries and Tocqueville's America -- Democracy Tamed: Nineteenth-Century Great Britain -- Epilogue: Democracy Now: Retrospect and Prospects

Democracy -- Greece -- History -- To 1500 Democracy -- History Greece -- Politics and government -- To 146 B.C

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