Power & the People: Five Lessons from the Birthplace of Democracy (Hardback)
  • Power & the People: Five Lessons from the Birthplace of Democracy (Hardback)
zoom

Power & the People: Five Lessons from the Birthplace of Democracy (Hardback)

(author), (author)
£14.99
Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 14/11/2019
  • In stock

Available

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect
Waterstones Says

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
ISBN: 9781529402841
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 220 x 140 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Timely and fascinating, this well informed book is highly readable and addresses questions of fundamental importance, as alive for us now as formerly they were for the world's first democracies * Robin Lane Fox *
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 *

You may also be interested in...

Japan
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Tudor
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Making Sense of the Troubles
Added to basket
The Norman Conquest
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Empire of the Deep
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt
Added to basket
The English Civil War
Added to basket
A History Of Scotland
Added to basket
The Battle of Britain
Added to basket
Poland
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Rubicon
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Homage to Catalonia
Added to basket
The Egyptian Myths
Added to basket
Storm of Steel
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Waterloo
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
How to be a Victorian
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.