Athens on Trial: The Antidemocratic Tradition in Western Thought

Athens on Trial: The Antidemocratic Tradition in Western Thought

by Jennifer Tolbert Roberts
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691029199

ISBN-13: 9780691029191

Pub. Date: 01/06/1997

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The Classical Athenians were the first to articulate and implement the notion that ordinary citizens of no particular affluence or education could make responsible political decisions. For this reason, reactions to Athenian democracy have long provided a prime Rorschach test for political thought. Whether praising Athens's government as the legitimizing ancestor of

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The Classical Athenians were the first to articulate and implement the notion that ordinary citizens of no particular affluence or education could make responsible political decisions. For this reason, reactions to Athenian democracy have long provided a prime Rorschach test for political thought. Whether praising Athens's government as the legitimizing ancestor of modern democracies or condemning it as mob rule, commentators throughout history have revealed much about their own notions of politics and society. In this book, Jennifer Roberts charts responses to Athenian democracy from Athens itself through the twentieth century, exploring a debate that touches upon historiography, ethics, political science, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, gender studies, and educational theory.

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ISBN-13:
9780691029191
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/06/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
426
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Ch. 1Introduction3
Pt. 1Classical Greece23
Ch. 2The Athenian Experiment25
Ch. 3The First Attacks on Athenian Democracy48
Ch. 4Democracy and the Philosophers71
Pt. 2Playing With the Past93
Ch. 5Roman Adaptations97
Ch. 6Recovering the Greeks119
Ch. 7Monarchists and Republicans137
Ch. 8The Debate over Athens and Sparta156
Ch. 9Athenian Democracy in the Age of Revolutions175
Ch. 10A Shift in the Sands208
Pt. 3Modern Transformations227
Ch. 11The Turning of the Tide229
Ch. 12Athenians and Others256
Ch. 13Epilogue: The Old and the New291
Notes315
Selected Bibliography379
Index393

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