Athens on Trial: The Antidemocratic Tradition in Western Thought

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Princeton University Press, 1996 - History - 405 pages

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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Roberts (history, Southern Methodist Univ.) traces the antidemocratic tradition in Western thought from antiquity to the present, locating its origin in reactions to Athenian democracy. Fully ... Read full review

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In America today we for the most part take the idea of "democracy" for granted, but the notion has changed considerably over time. The one thing that has been a constant is the notion, in its various forms, has always been under attack for some reason or another.
Ms. Roberts book is very thorough and I would recommend it to anyone investigating the political notion called democracy.
 

Contents

CHAPTER
25
CHAPTER THREE
48
CHAPTER FOUR
71
CHAPTER FIVE
97
CHAPTER
119
CHAPTER SEVEN
137
CHAPTER EIGHT
156
CHAPTER NINE
175
CHAPTER
208
CHAPTER ELEVEN
229
CHAPTER TWELVE
256
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
291
NOTES
315
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
379
INDEX
393
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Jennifer Tolbert Roberts is Professor of History at Southern Methodist University and Associate Professor of Classical Languages and History at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of Accountability in Athenian Government (Wisconsin) and, with Robert Zaller and Richard Greaves, Civilizations of the West (HarperCollins).

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