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Classical Greek oligarchy : a political history, Matthew Simonton

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Classical Greek oligarchy : a political history
Title
Classical Greek oligarchy
Title remainder
a political history
Statement of responsibility
Matthew Simonton
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Language
eng
Summary
" Classical Greek Oligarchy thoroughly reassesses an important but neglected form of ancient Greek government, the "rule of the few." Matthew Simonton challenges scholarly orthodoxy by showing that oligarchy was not the default mode of politics from time immemorial, but instead emerged alongside, and in reaction to, democracy. He establishes for the first time how oligarchies maintained power in the face of potential citizen resistance. The book argues that oligarchs designed distinctive political institutions--such as intra-oligarchic power sharing, targeted repression, and rewards for informants--to prevent collective action among the majority population while sustaining cooperation within their own ranks. To clarify the workings of oligarchic institutions, Simonton draws on recent social science research on authoritarianism. Like modern authoritarian regimes, ancient Greek oligarchies had to balance coercion with co-optation in order to keep their subjects disorganized and powerless. The book investigates topics such as control of public space, the manipulation of information, and the establishment of patron-client relations, frequently citing parallels with contemporary nondemocratic regimes. Simonton also traces changes over time in antiquity, revealing the processes through which oligarchy lost the ideological battle with democracy for legitimacy. Classical Greek Oligarchy represents a major new development in the study of ancient politics. It fills a longstanding gap in our knowledge of nondemocratic government while greatly improving our understanding of forms of power that continue to affect us today. " --
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1983-
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Simonton, Matthew
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maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Oligarchy
  • Greece
  • HISTORY / Ancient / Greece
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
  • Oligarchy
  • Greece
Label
Classical Greek oligarchy : a political history, Matthew Simonton
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
980912274
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 355 pages
Isbn
9780691174976
Lccn
2016059885
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)980912274
Label
Classical Greek oligarchy : a political history, Matthew Simonton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
980912274
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 355 pages
Isbn
9780691174976
Lccn
2016059885
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)980912274

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