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1st Edition

A Study in Historical Reality

ISBN 9781138615151
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
252 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1925, this thoughtful volume constitutes an excellent English introduction to one of the great ancient historians. Originating from its author’s re-reading of Thucydides during World War I, it sought to place Thucydides not as the production of a remote world, but instead of one instilled with present life and reality. Dealing especially well with Thucydides’ method as a historian, this volume focuses less on military aspects and more on Thucydides’ approach to foreign policy, democracy, imperialism and the struggle for power.

Table of Contents

1. Introductory. 2. The Modern Spirit. 3. The Scientific Method. 4. The Philosophy of History. 5. The Personal Factor. 6. The Demagogue. 7. The Athenian Democracy. 8. The Athenian Democracy (Cont’d). 9. Detachment. 10. Art. 11. Style. 12. A Possession for Ever.

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