Peasant Citizen And Slave

Author: Ellen Meiksins Wood
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The controversial thesis at the center of this study is that, despite the importance of slavery in Athenian society, the most distinctive characteristic of Athenian democracy was the unprecedented prominence it gave to free labor. Wood argues that the emergence of the peasant as citizen, juridically and politically independent, accounts for much that is remarkable in Athenian political institutions and culture. From a survey of historical writings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the focus of which distorted later debates, Wood goes on to take issue with recent arguments, such as those of G.E.M. de Ste Croix, about the importance of slavery in agricultural production. The social, political and cultural influence of the peasant-citizen is explored in a way which questions some of the most cherished conventions of Marxist and non-Marxist historiography. This book will be of great interest to ancient historians, classicists, anthropologists and political theorists, as well as to a wider reading public.
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Language: en
Pages: 210
Authors: Ellen Meiksins Wood
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 1989 - Publisher: Verso Books

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Language: en
Pages: 245
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Categories: History
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Language: en
Pages: 200
Authors: Ellen Meiksins Wood
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 1991 - Publisher: Verso

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Language: en
Pages: 182
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Categories: Business & Economics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005 - Publisher: Verso

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Language: en
Pages: 220
Authors: Ellen Meiksins Wood
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-09-01 - Publisher: Verso Books

The controversial thesis at the center of this study is that, despite the importance of slavery in Athenian society, the most distinctive characteristic of Athenian democracy was the unprecedented prominence it gave to free labor. Wood argues that the emergence of the peasant as citizen, juridically and politically independent, accounts