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Athenian democracy by John Thorley
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Athenian democracy (edition 1996)

by John Thorley

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This pamphlet outlines the development and operation of Athenian democracy to the end of the fifth century BC. Separate sections examine the prelude to democracy, the emergence of a democratic system, and the way this system worked in practice. A final section focuses on the questions: how should we judge the success of Athenian democracy? who benefitted? was it an efficient system of government? in what sense was Athenian democracy the forerunner of modern democracies?… (more)
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Title:Athenian democracy
Authors:John Thorley
Info:London, Routledge, 1996
Collections:Games and Simulation and related, NextPolitics, Reviewed, Your library
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Somebody could say that this book is just a summary

in #Italy, everybody routinely quotes #Athens and #democracy- having roughly what they remember from high school

I would assume that reading different interpretations, ancient and modern, an aggregate of thousands of pages, isn't a pre-requisite to get inspired by or refer to prior examples

and I too, despite all my readings on cultures, organizations, history since I was a kid (my first self-purchased books at 9 were on archeology and cultures)...

...keep finding new perspectives that sometimes provide just funny cameos, sometimes help to ask questions in a different way

but at least a modicum of overview could be useful

so, I went through to find something could be a kind of "Wikipedia+" on this subject, as many books that I read in libraries or purchased since I was a teenager, when I decided to buy not just what I liked, abut also what could be "shareble" to quickly have a level playing field

what is a "wikipedia+"? it is a books that is a digest, but also an entry point toward further material- so, like a Wikipedia article, but roughly around 100 pages long (or less, if feasible)- a meta-book (a book about books)

yes, that was the concept about my own mini-books published since 2012 (and the predecessor e-zine on change 2003-2005, where the target was 20-40 pages, as it was originally a quarterly)

but when looking for "wikipedia+" books, I look for something focused on a single theme (yes, the "PUF Que sais-je?" model was something I got used to while in high school- my approach was political action&march, and after each march... dig into a library on whatever came through my mind, or to get deeper into what was just hinted at school)

this short book, while sometimes is a little bit too "dry", gives both a quick overview (78 pages, plus maps, plus Trivial Pursuit-style tables on "Kleisthenic tribes, trittyes, demes and Council members" and "Ostracisms") and a commented bibliography

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  aleph123 | Jun 11, 2020 |
Although relatively short, this is an excellent overview to Athenian democracy and the main characters involved in bringing it to fruition in Athens; especially as it existed during the 'Golden Age' of Athens (480 - 404 BCE).
  MusicforMovies | Apr 16, 2017 |
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