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Democracy and Imperialism Discussion Forum 2013-4

Democracy and Imperialism Discussion Forum 2013-4 Questions and Goals for the Democracy and Imperialism Course

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  1. My question will be to what extent does our modern take on democracy mean we can never truely understand democracy within Athenian society? Particulary with modern and ancient words associated to different meanings i.e. different concepts of tyranny and democracy
  2. Was Democracy the prime reason for Athens success at Marathon, the Persian Wars as a whole and the subsequent empire they gained as a result (as Herodotus suggests) or is this idea the result of an abundance of Athenian sources seeking to praise Democracy? Therefore would the outcome have been the same under any other form of government?
  3. I don't have any questions as yet, but going to keep reading peoples comments until I come up with something that I would like to ask. Beetle
  4. I would be interested to learn, if possible, how the less well off parts of Athenian society (eg poor urban Athenians, rural Atticans, slaves) reacted to and interacted with democracy.
  5. Since democracy is largely associated with Athens, did Athenian citizenship mark the first step towards Democracy?
  6. I’d like to explore how truly efficient and beneficial Athenian Democracy was to the different members of society, and to what extent it was the forerunner of modern day democracies.
  7. My questions are: was democracy as much a cultural identity for Athenians as it was a political system? Also, in what ways and to what extent can the coming of democracy be seen as improving the lives of Athenians?
  8. My goal for the year is to explore why Athenian democracy worked as well, and for as long as it did and as an extension how other countries across the world formed their own political system based on the ancient Athenian model.
  9. To what extent did the involvement of Cleomones in Athenian politics affect the speed at which democracy was embraed by the Athenian Demos?
  10. I'd like to look into whether democracy always comes hand in hand with aggressive foreign policy.
  11. Was there anyone severely opposed to the concept of 'Democracy'? Surely the large Aristocratic families who were used to influence and power were not happy about this shift to a more 'democratic' system? How could they act against it?
  12. My goal for this course is to gain a deeper understanding of how different Athenian democracy was from our own, as well as how differently this made people behave. Were they more nationalistic as a result of thinking they were the only state with such a governmental system? Did they view other similar systems as inferior? Furthermore, many people on this forum have already mentioned how democracy might affect foreign policy, but I would like to know how much can be attributed to the political system, and how much can be attributed to the social, militaristic and cultural aspects of the time.
  13. My goal is to discover to what extent Athenian democracy affected Athenian society as a whole. Did it affect only the male citizens whose voices were heard or were women's opinions changed? Did women welcome the idea of democracy or was it unimportant to them? Do you think they would have/wanted /to participate in the democratic system, or would they be happy to take the back seat?
  14. As I looked at 5th century Athens for an EPQ, my goal is to round off my knowledge moreso on this period, as well as familiarise myself with the differences and similarities between earlier and later periods of Athenian History.
  15. My aim is to gain a better understanding of Athenian democracy and why it survived successfully in Athens. I would also like to find out how and why it evolved into the system of democracy that we see today.
  16. My goal is to gain a well rounded knowledge of Athenian democracy and understand how democracy evolved into what it is today in Britain.
  17. I would like to find out whether Athens truley believed in democracy, or whether they used it as a tool with which to enforce their imperialistic aims.
  18. My question would be, to what extent did the lower classes in Athenian society use the power granted to them under the system of democracy to drag favours out of the richer elite? It is clear that in some ways the rich were expected to do their share for the city, for example paying for choruses, but how much of this was down to their own benevolence and willingness to make sacrifices for the community, and how much was down to political, legal and social pressure is a much less clear (at least for me) matter.
  19. My question would be whether the rivalry of Athens and Sparta was more an ideological clash or a geo-political one and to what extent were they bound to clash with each other?
  20. How much did civic obligation inhibit or limit individual liberty of citizens in Athenian democratic society? Did the interaction of the courts and the Assembly enable reconciliation of these potentially opposing values?

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