The fifth century BC witnessed not only the emergence of one of the first democracies, but also the Persian and the Peloponnesian Wars. John Thorley provides a concise analysis of the development and operation of Athenian democracy against this backdrop.
Taking into account both primary source material and the work of modern historians, Athenian Democracy examines:
- the prelude to democracy
- how the democractic system emerged
- how this system worked in practice
- the efficiency of this system of government
- the success of Athenian democracy.
Including a useful chronology and blibliography, this second edition has been updated to take into account recent research.
'Athenian Democracy represents a thought-provoking, challenging text which has aided my own knowledge and understanding about this particular period in history and I would have no hesitation in recommending John Thorley's work to others.' – SATH History Teaching Review
Table of Contents
Introduction: Prelude to Democracy. The Democratic Dystem: Kleisthenes' Reforms. The Democratic System: Later Reforms. The System in Practice: An Overview.
About the Series
Lancaster Pamphlets offer concise and up-to-date accounts of major historical topics, primarily for the help of students preparing for Advanced Level examinations, though they should also be of value to those pursuing introductory courses in universities and other institutions of higher education. Without being all-embracing, their aims are to bring some of the central themes or problems confronting students and teachers into sharper focus than the textbook writer can hope to do; to provide the reader with some of the results of recent research which the textbook may not embody; and to stimulate thought about the whole interpretation of the topic under discussion.
BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
- HISTORY / General
- HISTORY / Ancient / Greece