By David Teegarden
Death to Tyrants! is the 1st entire examine of historical Greek tyrant-killing legislation--laws that explicitly gave contributors incentives to "kill a tyrant." David Teegarden demonstrates that the traditional Greeks promulgated those legislation to harness the dynamics of mass uprisings and protect well known democratic rule within the face of anti-democratic threats. He provides specific historic and sociopolitical analyses of every legislation and considers numerous concerns: what's the nature of an anti-democratic danger? How might numerous provisions of the legislation aid pro-democrats counter these threats? And did the legislation work?
Teegarden argues that tyrant-killing laws facilitated pro-democracy mobilization either through encouraging courageous participants to strike the 1st blow opposed to a nondemocratic regime and through convincing others that it used to be secure to stick to the tyrant killer's lead. Such laws hence deterred anti-democrats from staging a coup by way of making sure that they'd be beaten by way of their numerically better rivals. Drawing on smooth social technological know-how versions, Teegarden seems to be at how the establishment of public legislation impacts the habit of people and teams, thereby exploring the root of democracy's endurance within the historical Greek international. He additionally offers the 1st English translation of the tyrant-killing legislation from Eretria and Ilion.
By interpreting an important historic Greek tyrant-killing laws, Death to Tyrants! explains how yes legislation enabled electorate to attract on collective energy which will shield and defend their democracy within the face of influenced opposition.
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