the 1st democracy, proven in historical Greece greater than 2,500 years in the past, has served because the beginning for each democratic process of presidency instituted down the centuries. during this energetic historical past, writer Thomas N. Mitchell tells the whole and memorable tale of the way an intensive new political order used to be born out of the progressive pursuits that swept throughout the Greek international within the 7th and 6th centuries B.C., the way it took company carry and advanced over the following 200 years, and the way it was once finally undone by means of the invading Macedonian conquerors, a great army power.
Mitchell’s fabulous heritage addresses the main an important matters surrounding this primary paradigm of democratic governance, together with what in the beginning encouraged the political views underpinning it, the methods the approach succeeded and failed, the way it enabled either an empire and a cultural revolution that remodeled the realm of arts and philosophy, and the character of the Achilles heel that hastened the loss of life of Athenian democracy.
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