Democracy's Beginning: The Athenian Story by Thomas N. Mitchell

By Thomas N. Mitchell

The 1st democracy, validated in historical Greece greater than 2,500 years in the past, has served because the starting place for each democratic approach of presidency instituted down the centuries. during this energetic historical past, writer Thomas N. Mitchell tells the complete and noteworthy tale of the way a thorough new political order used to be born out of the progressive activities that swept throughout the Greek international within the 7th and 6th centuries B.C., the way it took company carry and developed over the following 200 years, and the way it used to be finally undone through the invading Macedonian conquerors, a pretty good army power.
Mitchell’s wonderful historical past addresses the main an important matters surrounding this primary paradigm of democratic governance, together with what at first encouraged the political opinions underpinning it, the methods the process succeeded and failed, the way it enabled either an empire and a cultural revolution that reworked the realm of arts and philosophy, and the character of the Achilles heel that hastened the death of Athenian democracy.

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Mankind must opt for justice as the better way and place it above the forces opposed to THE GREEK POLIS 11 it, violence (bia) and arrogant pride (hybris). And this applies to ruler and ruled alike. 6 In both the Works and Days and the Theogony, dike is personified as a divine power and is given a dignity and status commensurate with Hesiod’s view of her importance in the life of the polis. She is presented as the daughter of Zeus and Themis (whose name became another word for the right and the just), revered by all the gods, who watches the deeds of men and is the eyes and ears of Zeus in monitoring wrongdoing.

It put the state before the people, and where the power and glory of an institution, whether it be church or state or any social entity, are elevated above the well-being of the people it is intended to serve, there is an obvious perversion of purpose, and the means are made the end. Sparta was flagrantly guilty of that error. c.. Sparta used badly the ascendancy won by that victory. c. it was decisively defeated by a Boeotian alliance led by Thebes. The Messenian helots were liberated, another major blow.

The Spartan penchant for militarism, visible in its earlier history, was intensified by a conflict that strained morale and discipline, fomented unrest and revealed the scale of the threat from a majority population held in subjugation. As a result the concept of the citizen-soldier was born and Sparta became a military state, its citizens a military master-class. Under its developed constitution all young males of citizen birth were subjected to a system of state education (the agoge) designed to produce fearless soldiers and fervent patriots.

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