With democracy threatening to collapse under the weight of populist insurgency and identity politics, Scott harks back to the crucible of the democratic project in a bid to learn some valuable lessons and uncover powerful truths. A smart, persuasively argued analysis of the politics of Ancient Athens, Power and the People helps us understand the present by rigorously exploration of the past.
Democracy was born in Athens. From its founding myths to its golden age and its chaotic downfall, it's rich with lessons for our own times.
Why did vital civic engagement and fair debate descend into populism and paralysis? Can we compare the demagogue Cleon to President Trump, the Athenian Empire to modern America, or the stubborn island of Melos to Brexit Britain? How did a second referendum save the Athenians from a bloodthirsty decision? Who were the last defenders of democracy in the changing, globalised world of the 4th Century BC, and how do we unconsciously echo them today?
With verve and acuity, the heroics and the critics of Athenian democracy are brought to bear on today's politics, revealing in all its glories and its flaws the system that still survives to execute the power of the people.
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 220 x 140 x 30 mm
It renders a potentially intimidating topic instantly readable...with forays into protest, voter apathy and the changing face of political engagement, its arguments are compelling, persuasive and more prescient than ever * All About History *
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