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The Greek Tradition in Republican Thought

The Greek Tradition in Republican Thought

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  • Date Published: February 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521024280

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  • Tracing the influence of ancient Greek sources on the development of republican theory in Europe and America, this book argues that an important tradition of republican thought, derived from the central texts of Greek moral and political philosophy, emerged in sixteenth century England. It contributed significantly to the ideological framework of the English Civil Wars and the American Revolution. Eric Nelson offers significant reinterpretations of several central texts of European political theory, as well as a radical reappraisal of ancient Roman historiography.

    • A major reinterpretation of a crucial moment in western intellectual history
    • Strong translatlantic appeal, with a vital American dimension to the story
    • Profoundly learned and broad-based in its sources and range of argument
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    "...interesting and provocative...Nelson argues that we need to be aware of the complexity of the republican tradition, and this book goes a long way toward satisfying that goal." J.L. Miller, SUNY College at New Paltz, Choice

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    • Date Published: February 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521024280
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Note on conventions
    Introduction
    1. Greek nonsense in More's Utopia
    2. The Roman agrarian laws and Machiavelli's modi privati
    3. James Harrington and the 'balance of justice'
    4. 'Prolem cum matre creatam': the background to Montesquieu
    5. Montesquieu's Greek republics
    6. The Greek tradition and the American Founding
    Coda: Tocqueville and the Greeks
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Eric Nelson, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Eric Nelson has been a Research Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge and is currently a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows, Harvard University. This is his first book.

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