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    DescriptionDealing with themes of urban planning, constitutionalism, utopianism and social construction theory, this book analyzes the city of Magnesia, Plato's second-best city-state in the Laws, as if it were an actual ancient city-state. The book details the demographics, economics, military capabilities and polity of Magnesia using (post)modern critical theory and contemporary data on ancient city-states. Examining the key features of the proposed city-state in detail, Kenneth Royce Moore considers Plato's proposed military as well as his invention of national service, and compares this with known militaries of the era. The author demonstrates that economic growth is not its priority, highly restricted with an aim toward stability rather than expansion. Moore also considers the Magnesian political system in the light of existing polities of the era, concluding that Magnesia will have a strikingly different form of government than any other actual city-state in antiquity, albeit derived in no small part from Athenian, Cretan and Spartan traditions. This book puts "flesh on the bones" of Plato's fictional utopia and reveals how surprisingly practical it could have been.

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    Plato, Politics and a Practical Utopia
    Social Constructivism and Civic Planning in the 'laws'
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Kenneth Royce Moore
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    ISBN 13: 9781441153173
    ISBN 10: 1441153179

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JPA, HPCA
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    DC22: 184
    BISAC V2.8: PHI002000, HIS002010
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 321/.07
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC23: 184
    LC classification: JC352 .M66 2012
    Ingram Theme: INDS/CLASSI
    Thema V1.0: QDHA, JPA, NHD
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAG
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Continuum Publishing Corporation
    Imprint name
    Continuum Publishing Corporation
    Publication date
    16 February 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Kenneth Royce Moore is Lecturer in the History of Ideas at Teeside University, Middelesborough, UK. He is author of Sex and the Second-Best City (2005).
    Table of contents
    1. The Development of the Polis and its Re-Development Under Plato; 2. Platonic Economics: Fleshing the Bones of Magnesia; 3. The Magnesian Military, National Service and Mythical Amazons; 4. The Magnesian Polity: Classical Democracy Recast; Bibliography; Index.