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

Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2008] ©2008
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This provocative and illuminating 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, Norma Thompson locates a powerful theme: that the political health of organized political  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
ISBN: 9780300128055 0300128053
OCLC Number: 1024012431
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Introduction --
PART 1. The Polis --
One. Stories at the Limits --
Two. Plato's Socrates --
PART 2. The State --
Three. The Rhetoric of the State --
Four. Rousseau/Tutor --
PART 3. Democratic America --
Five. Surveying Tocqueville --
Six. Gertrude Stein's Socrates --
Conclusion: Redressing the Balance --
Afterword --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index
Responsibility: Norma Thompson.
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Abstract:

This provocative and illuminating 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, Norma Thompson 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 toward rights for women, Thompson contends that the need for balance in the political community was well understood in earlier eras. Only now has it been almost entirely overlooked in our focus on surface indications of strict gender equality. Thompson argues that political rhetoric must once again promote the reconciliation of masculine and feminine forces in order to achieve effective politics and statecraft.

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