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The Ship of State: Statecraft and Politics from Ancient Greece to Democratic America

Norma Thompson


This book provides a new perspective on the development of political thought from Homer to Machiavelli, Tocqueville, and Gertrude Stein (who is introduced here, for the first time, as a writer of political significance). Providing nuanced readings of key texts by these and other thinkers, it locates a powerful theme: that the political health of organized political communities—from the ancient polis to the modern state to contemporary democracy—requires a balance between masculine and feminine qualities. Although most critics view the Western tradition as a progression away from misogyny and t ... More

Keywords: political communities, gender equality, statecraft, political thought, Homer, Machiavelli, Tocqueville, Gertrude Stein, ancient polis, misogyny

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780300088175
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300088175.001.0001


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Norma Thompson, author

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