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War, Democracy and Culture in Classical Athens Hardcover – February 14, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0521190336 ISBN-10: 0521190339 Edition: 1st

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Advance Praise: "Death and glory, democratic Athenian-style - in this top-rank collection the enterprising editor has assembled an impressive international team to re-evaluate the reciprocal interactions of war-making and political decision-making in the world's first functioning democracy, paying special attention to significantly changing practices and attitudes. Present-minded in the best sense, War, Democracy and Culture in Classical Athens also treats the Athenians' democracy of the fifth and fourth centuries BC as a test-case for the examination of theses about democracy's impact on war and vice versa that are currently subject to hot debate among political scientists and policymakers. Ancient historians and comparative social scientists alike cannot fail to benefit from this richly illustrated book's many new insights." --Paul Cartledge, A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, Cambridge University

"We used to think that democracies were, in their nature, more pacific than other states. Now many claim - on the basis of recent experience - that democracies are by nature more warlike. In this compelling volume scholars of the first distinction pose this question about ancient Athens: and their answers cannot fail to be of interest to students both of the ancient world and of the contemporary." --J. E. Lendon, Professor of History, University of Virginia

"This fascinating book takes a huge forward step in documenting and analyzing the Athenian experience as a democratic empire. The historians and political scientists in this volume show how democracy made Athens more effective in war fighting, and how the spoils of war supported democratic rule. In so doing they challenge all of us to reconsider key assumptions about whether democracy and hegemony are compatible in the contemporary world." --Bruce Russett, Dean Acheson Professor of International Relations, Yale University

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Athens is famous for its democracy and its innovative culture. Not widely known are its invention of new forms of combat and strategy and its intensification of warfare. This volume studies this military revolution from multiple perspectives and considers the surprising impact of Athenian democracy on the waging of war.

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