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Democracy's Beginning: The Athenian Story

Thomas N. Mitchell


The first democracy, established in ancient Greece more than 2,500 years ago, has served as the foundation for every democratic system of government instituted down the centuries. This book tells the full and remarkable story of how a radical new political order was born out of the revolutionary movements that swept through the Greek world in the seventh and sixth centuries B.C., how it took firm hold and evolved over the next two hundred years, and how it was eventually undone by the invading Macedonian conquerors, a superior military power. This history addresses the most crucial issues surr ... More

Keywords: democracy, ancient Greece, democratic system, Greek world, seventh century B.C., sixth century B.C., Macedonian conquerors, democratic governance, Athenian democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300215038
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300215038.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas N. Mitchell, author
Trinity College Dublin