The History of Greece (Paperback)
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Short Description for The History of Greece Volume 2 extends from the administration of Pericles to the final conclusion of the Peloponnesian War in 404 BCE.
- Published: 31 October 2010
- Format: Paperback 566 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781108011051 ISBN 10: 1108011055
Full description for The History of Greece
This vast study, first published between 1784 and 1818, and written on an unprecedentedly large historical scale, was begun at the urging of the author's friend Edward Gibbon. William Mitford (1744-1827), a scholar of private means, a magistrate and an MP, was concerned for the preservation of national and military stability, and he in part used his work to draw parallels between the rise of Athenian democracy and the contemporary status of the British constitution. This stance drew some criticism initially, but Mitford's approach was later praised in the wake of the French Revolution. The History, therefore, offers fascinating insights into its own time as well as a study of ancient Greece. The four volumes reissued here are from the uniform edition of 1808. The second volume takes the story of events in Greece from the Thirty Years' Truce to 404 BCE and the end of the Peloponnesian War.