The Industrial History of Free Nations, Considered in Relation to Their Domestic Institutions and External Policy Volume 1-2

The Industrial History of Free Nations, Considered in Relation to Their Domestic Institutions and External Policy Volume 1-2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...discontents gave them no new emotion of avarice or vanity;_ coercive measures towards insurgents ministered but too effectively to both. M C HAP. IV. M,1: Vanity and excitement. Athens was drunk with power. The delirious excitement," tasted once, was not to be relinquished; the thirst of ascendancy and pre-eminence became habitual, and at any cost it would be gratified. The stimulants were sometimes changed, but their effects on the popular brain and heart were much the same. National vanity is, indeed, a versatile passion. Themistocles fed it with the idea of maritime ascendancy, and this not as attainable by mere superiority of seamanship, or wiser ways of trade, which would have necessarily been the growth of time and the subject of competition, but by such a combination of fraud and force as should first place the fleets of the minor states, on one pretext or other, under the lead of Athenians, and then let them separate if they dared. As against Persia the combination of forces was plausible and just; but peace came, and the ships of the confederates returned not to their respective havens. Athens wanted them still. Their crews might share with hers the common triumph if they would_in that respect she scorned to be illiberal---but not otherwise; their term of alliance was not ended yet, there was still common work to do. And this work was never finished till Greece was undone. Gradually the allied armaments became an Athenian fleet, oflicered, not exclusively but distinctively, by Attic citizens, receiving orders, censures, and rewards from that memorable place of assembly, whence the vessels in the Piraeus could be always seen. Pericles suggested a new form of popular ex-cpeir. citement. He was brave, but, from policy, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236766296
  • 9781236766298